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Head Start and Early Head Start

Guilford Child Development's Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) program is a federally funded holistic child development program that promotes healthy prenatal care for pregnant women, enhances the development of very young children (ages 0 to 5), and promotes healthy family effectiveness. Guilford Child Development has been the HS/EHS grantee in Guilford County for over 40 years, providing a range of individualized services for families enrolled in the HS/EHS program. Our ages zero to five program enhances the development of your child and assists you and your family in the educational foundation necessary to be successful in school and in life.

We provide the following services tailored to the strengths and needs of your family:

  • Education
  • Family and Community Partnerships
  • Nutrition
  • Disability Services
  • Health Services (medical, dental, mental health)
  • Parent Involvement

The entire range of HS/EHS services is responsive and appropriate to your family's developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritages.

Help Achieving Your Personal Goals

You will also have the opportunity to develop personal goals and objectives. Your family advocate helps you form a realistic plan to accomplish goals and assists you in achieving them.


Guilford Child Development's HS/EHS program is parent-driven. No other program, for-profit or non-profit, takes such pride in creating an atmosphere that is inclusive to parents.

Here are some of ways we recognize parents and show how much we care about the families we serve:

  • Volunteer of the month
  • Volunteer of the year
  • Parent of the year
  • Conference participant
  • Paid classroom substitute teacher
  • Workshop presenter
  • Parent mentor
  • Father of the year
  • Outstanding Grandparents and Foster Grandparents

As an enrolled HS/EHS parent, you have the opportunity to apply to volunteer. Parents can apply with their Center Director as positions become available. We place parents in positions that match their abilities, interests, and availability. We also provide training and ongoing technical assistance for parents interested in pursuing a career in child development. We have a Professional Development Coordinator who assists parents with taking this career path with the agency.

The Parent Center Committee and Policy Council: All parents of enrolled HS/EHS children are part of the parent committee. Each year, our individual Centers elect parent officers to represent the parent body.

The Center Committee's purpose is to share information, discuss program activities, and to evaluate the needs of children.

The Policy Council's purpose is to involve parents and the community in the Head Start/Early Head Start decision making process.

Each Center Committee elects officers during the first Center Committee meeting in September. Training and support are provided throughout the year.

Application Procedures

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for Head Start/Early Head Start and to begin the application process, click here.