New Directions Early Head Start (NDEHS) is an interagency program committed to empowering and supporting pregnant women, infants and toddlers, and their families. The New Directions Early Head Start Consortium consists of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS); Delaware Early Childhood Center; Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center Inc.; Early Learning Center- Newark, University of Delaware; Early Learning Center- Wilmington, University of Delaware in partnership with Neighborhood House Inc.
There are two types of program options in NDEHS. Home-based and Center-based models are giving services to the families and their children (between zero and 3-years old) and pregnant women in Kent and New Castle Counties.
The goal of NDEHS programs is providing quality care and family services that support families in providing the best for themselves and their children, in order to promote children’s success and families’ self-sufficiency, through community collaboration and partnerships.
We provide weekly 90 minute home visits with our home-based services located at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Early Childhood Center (DECC). Home-based services at the University of Delaware serve Wilmington and New Castle County and DECC serves families in Kent and Sussex Counties.
- Ninety minute weekly home visits are conducted by Child and Family Specialists. Home visits are designed to build on child and family strengths and to promote parent/child interactions
- Home-based services offered by:
For families who would like to learn more about Early Head Start home-based program option, please click here to have access the Parent’s Guide for Head Start Home-Based Program Option.
Center-Based Child Care Partnerships
Locations at the Early Learning-Center Wilmington, Early Learning Center-Newark, and Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center provide center-based services for children and families residing in New Castle County and Wilmington. Our centers operate on a year-round schedule.
- Each center provides services to children aged six weeks to 36 months of age. The centers operate 5 days a week year round. Hours vary; all provide child care at least nine hours a day.
- Centers include: