New Directions Early Head Start is an interagency program committed to empowering and supporting low income pregnant woman, infants, toddlers, and their families. NDEHS is designed to serve women who are pregnant and families who have children between the ages of birth and 36 months. Families participating in the program must meet income and other eligibility guidelines. Servicing Delaware families since 1998, NDEHS provides both center and home-based services through partnering with various organizations. We have centers in Hilltop, the Early Learning Center- Wilmington , and the Early Learning Center- Newark. In addition, NDEHS provides home-based care throughout New Castle and Kent County.
The program was funded in October 1997 during the third national wave of federal support to develop Early Head Start programs across the nation and received expansion funding in September 2001 and December 2009. The NDEHS consortium of agencies represents an innovative collaborative model bringing together the university with a diverse group of non-profit community agencies to provide direct services to 195 children and families in the New Castle and Kent Counties. The consortium also works to have an impact on many more families and service providers by way of its capacity-building approach in the areas of childcare, disability support, training, and coordination of services.
In 2013, New Directions Early Head Start celebrated its 15th Anniversary of service in the community.