Building better Iowa communities involves ensuring the success of our children. HACAP focuses on early child development to provide essential resources to children during a critical time of growth. Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs that serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.
Early Head Start has a triple mission.
- Promote healthy prenatal outcomes
- Enhances the development of infants and toddlers
- Promote healthy family functioning
In addition to center-based school readiness programs Early Head Start provides a home program for pregnant women and children age birth-3
. Together with CACFP, CCR&R, PACES and the Quality Early Childhood Initiative, HACAP works to address the growing needs of young children and their parents.
Nurturing healthy and robust child development today promotes the future prosperity of our local communities.