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Early Head Start & Head Start Network

In 1985, Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) launched the Early Head Start & Head Start Network to deliver quality early learning and care in Chicago.

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What It Means To Be a Start Early Partner

As a federal Head Start grantee, we convene our delegate agencies in a network design to continually improve our practice. Early Head Start and Head Start programs can expect:

  • Ongoing in-depth guidance and support to ensure quality early childhood services and programs that meet and exceed standards
  • Research-based and engaged professional development with ongoing implementation support
  • Hands-on support to empower directors, managers, and content-area coordinators
  • Wellness supports provided by professionals grounded in organized procedures
    • Mental Health consultant
    • Nurse
    • Dietitian
    • Oral Health Consultant
  • Partnerships and trainings with community partners to provide comprehensive family services
  • Easily accessible Early Head Start & Head Start Network staff for technical assistance needs