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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. In addition to addressing the immediate health and wellbeing of the child and parent, the program also prioritizing the family economic security, educational success as they are beginning or adding to their family. This Whole Family/2Gen approach secures the system of support is strengthened or established.


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 and Toddlers)
    611 Stockell Street
    Nashville, TN. 37207
    615-780-5427 or 615-780-5428

Qualifications for Participation

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

Baby being held by a woman

If 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.