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Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers at Risk (New Jersey)

Feb 9, 2016

The 2012 joint report, Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers at Risk by ZERO TO THREE and CLASP draws on newly conducted research on state efforts to expand and enhance access to Early Head Start services for infants, toddlers, and their families.

The federal Early Head Start program was created to help minimize the disparities caused by poverty by supporting the healthy development of expectant mothers and low-income infants and toddlers in the context of their families and communities. However, less than 4 percent of babies and toddlers who are eligible for Early Head Start are currently being served. This report describes the diverse strategies states are using to build upon Early Head Start and offers recommendations for states interested in expanding this proven program. It builds on a previous paper, Building on the Promise: State Initiatives to Expand Access to Early Head Start for Young Children and their Families, released by the two organizations in 2008.

For further information on state, see the following pages in Expanding Access to Early Head Start:

  • Page 10: Table. Funding Mechanisms for State EHS Initiatives
  • Page 17: APPENDIX. Initiatives that expand the capacity of Early Head Start (EHS) programs to increase the number of children and pregnant women served

Read the full report at www.zerotothree.org/expandingehs.

Since 2012, New Jersey has expanded the capacity of Early Head Start (EHS) programs by selecting the EHS home-based program option as one of the models to implement under the MIECHV program.

In 2014 New Jersey received notification for estimated new funding for EHS expansion and EHS-CC Partnerships. The projected number of children to be served with this funding is 712.

In 2014:

  • Federally-Funded Early Head Start Slots totaled 1600
  • Early Head Start Home Visiting Office of Head Start-Funded Slots totaled 593

Learn more about 2014 New Jersey EHS updates at https://www.nhsa.org/files/resources/new_jersey_fact_sheet.pdf

Updated February 2016

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