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.

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.

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.