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Early Head Start Program

Getting Ahead with an Early Head Start

Baby in crib

The Early Head Start (EHS) program is for low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. EHS programs enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; assist pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care; support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and help parents move toward self-sufficiency.


Locations serving infants and toddlers age 0-3 years old:

  • McNeilly Center for Children (Main Site)
    400 Meridian Street
    Nashville, TN. 37207
    (615) 255-2549 or (615) 255-0853
  • McNeilly Center for Children (Infants & Toddlers)
    611 Stockell Street
    Nashville, TN. 37207
    (615) 780-5427 or (615) 780-5428
  • Nashville Child Center
    4119 Gallatin Pike
    Nashville, TN. 37216
    (615) 262-3358 or (615) 262-2044

Qualifications for Participation

This is a free program, but families must meet qualifications to participate

Baby being held by a womanIf your child has a diagnosed disability that affects your child's ability to learning and has a IFSP, your family is not required to meet the federal income guideline. Families of children without a diagnosed disability desiring to enroll their children into the Early Head Start Program must meet the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. If you qualify you will need to bring:

  • Proof of Family Income
  • Insurance Cards
  • Social Security Cards
  • Child's Birth Certificate
  • Shot Record
  • Current Well Baby physical

Visit our Head Start Information page for Annual Reports