Early Head Start (EHS)


Family Foundations Early Head Start (EHS) provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income families with children from birth to age three.

Family Foundations is a program of the University of Pittsburgh Early Head Start Grant, operating in high-risk neighborhoods in six local communities: Clairton site and East End site, hosted by The Consortium for Public Education; Sto-Rox site hosted by Focus on Renewal; Hill District site and Northside site hosted by Community Human Services Corp; and the Tri-Boro site hosted by Turtle Creek Valley MH/MR, Inc.


Mission Statement

Family Foundations Early Head Start's primary purpose is to enhance positive developmental outcomes of children through supportive services to the child, family, and community where they live.


Program Goals

The following goals are key elements of our program, and serve to ensure the delivery of responsive, nurturing services to our Early Head Start families:

  • Promote the optimal social, intellectual, emotional and physical development of children.
  • Support parents in their role as caregivers, teachers and providers, so that parent/child relationships and families will develop to their fullest potential.
  • Promote and enhance existing community resources fro the benefit of children and their families.
  • Provide the highest quality of services through the development of caring and well-trained staff.

Program Services
  • In-home child development and activities
  • Valuable parenting information and ideas
  • Linkages to quality child care
  • Nutritional services and education
  • Health education and referral
  • Early literacy development
  • Support for mental health issues
  • Job/education information and referral
  • Infant/toddler socializations
  • Personal leadership training
  • Transportation support
  • Drug & alcohol counseling
Click here for more information on services provided by EHS.

Click here for EHS news.

Click here for nutrition tips from an EHS Nutritionist.

Click here for the EHS booklet Babies Love to Play page.

Click here to read about Family Foundations' School Readiness Goals.

For more information, please contact Chris Dunkerley, Director of Early Head Start, at 412.383.3367 or cdunkerly@ocd.pitt.edu.

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