A healthy pregnancy is crucial for a child’s healthy growth and development. Cheaha Regional Early Head Start program can provide early and ongoing supports and services that offer the best chances for: healthy pregnancies and positive childbirth outcomes; supportive care for parents and child after delivery; fathers to be fully involved in the lives of their children; enhancing parent-child attachment; and parents to develop as nurturing and responsive caregivers.
Services to Pregnant Women Participating in Early Head Start
A healthy pregnancy has a direct influence on the health and development of a child. The prenatal period has a lasting impact on the child's potential for healthy growth and development. Cheaha Regional Early Head Start program provides services to pregnant women and expectant families, and to the child from birth to age three. Early, continuous supports and services provide the best opportunity for:
- Healthy pregnancies and positive childbirth outcomes
- Supportive postpartum care for the parents and child
- Fathers to become fully involved in the lives of their very young children
- Supporting and enhancing parent child attachments
- Parents to develop as nurturing and responsive caregivers during infancy
It is the intention of the EHS program to serve pregnant women and their families and to provide services for the child and family upon delivery. The goal of serving pregnant women and expectant families in EHS is to provide early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services. Planning for the newborn child’s transition to the appropriate EHS site can begin when the pregnant woman is enrolled in the EHS program.