Providing essential resources to children during a critical time of growth

Head Start/Early Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive early childhood development programs that serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. As child-focused programs, they have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.

The mission of Early Head Start is to:

  • Promote healthy prenatal outcomes
  • Enhance 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.

Crisis Child Care

The Crisis Child Care Program offers safe shelter for children during times of family crisis. Care is provided in the homes of experienced and trained providers. Short-Term Respite Care may be scheduled to assist families in need of child care while parents go to therapy, attend parenting classes, or under other circumstances determined on an individual basis. All care is dependent on the availability of providers.

Paces to Quality

HACAP's Paces to Quality Program assists home and center-based child care providers in Linn County through professional development, home visits, equipment grants, national accreditation support and more.  Funding provided by Linn County Early Childhood Iowa.

Family Connections Library

Family Connections Library is a collaboration of multiple agencies and programs working together to promote early learning and healthy development in young children, by making early childhood support and family stability resources readily available for families and caregivers at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

To date, sixteen public and private agencies have signed an agreement to dedicate time, staff and services for young children and families at the library. Services offered over the next year through the Family Connections Library will include classes, parenting resources, activities for children, developmental screenings and a teacher work space.

Child Care Nurse Consultants

Child Care Nurse Consultants are Registered Nurses that provide guidance and technical assistance to child care providers, families, and communities regarding the health and safety of children. Consultant activities may range from answering specific questions by telephone to staff education and scheduling on-site consultation visits.

1st Five

1st Five HACAP is an Iowa Department of Public Health Initiative administered through the Family and Community Health Alliance at HACAP.  The 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative works with medical practitioners who identify social/emotional or developmental concerns, family stressors or caregiver depression during well child medical exams.   If any issues are detected, the 1st Five participating provider can refer the family to 1st Five HACAP for care coordination services to address the needs of the entire family. The 1st Five care coordinator in turn, keeps the provider apprised of the outcome of the referral.