Join Our Early/Head Start Network

As a federal Head Start grantee, Start Early provides funding and guidance to community-based agencies across Illinois.

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Benefits of Partnership

Young child from Educare DuPageAs a federal Head Start grantee, Start Early convenes a network of community-based agencies across Illinois designed to continually improve our practices. Each agency brings deep community relationships, unique perspectives and strategies to strengthen the early childhood field.

When you become a Head Start and Early Head Start community-based agency, you can expect comprehensive support to help your program reach its fullest potential. Some of the services we provide include:

  • Ongoing in-depth guidance and support to ensure quality early childhood services and programs meet and exceed industry standards
  • Research-backed professional development courses and trainings with ongoing program implementation support
  • Hands-on mentorship to empower directors, managers, and content-area coordinators to effectively manage your program
  • Guidance on health and wellness programming and support services
  • Technical assistance

Our Community-Based Agencies

Start Early currently partners with a select number of community-based agencies to deliver quality early learning and care to more than 2,000 children and families across Illinois. Learn more about our partners and their services, by visiting our family recruitment page.

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