Missoula Early Head Start (MEHS) is a no cost federally funded program serving Missoula County families with children from birth up to 3 years-old, and prenatal mothers, with a high quality comprehensive child development curriculum.

This year round program is designed to meet the special strengths and needs of each child and family. There are three program options: Home-Based, Center-Based and Prenatal (click here for more information on each program). Each program offers the following comprehensive services:

Child Development Services offer your child a unique learning opportunity:

  • Age-appropriate curriculum in a nurturing setting
  • Qualified staff trained in child development education
  • Coordination of support services for children with special needs and disabilities
  • 10% of our enrolled children must have a diagnosed delay or disability

Health Services help to improve and protect the health of the children and families:

  • Vision, hearing and dental screening
  • Nutritious meals and snacks provided by UDA Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • Nutrition, health and wellness education and information provided to children and their families
  • Help finding health insurance, medical and dental homes

Family Services provide children and families tools and skills to enhance their lives:

  • Ongoing parent education, trainings, professional development opportunities and support groups
  • Family activities and home visits throughout the year
  • Parent support group individualized for fathers, mothers, guardians & care givers
  • Parent Advocacy, volunteer and leadership opportunities
  • Help obtaining local area resources and social services

Parent Involvement Opportunities provide guidance to build the future you want for you and your family:

  • Build positive relationships
  • Take part in education workshops offered by the program
  • Parent involvement in Policy Council and committees that help decide on how MEHS is governed
  • Family members serving as volunteers in the program (volunteers are given priority consideration as future substitutes and regular employees

Our services are free of charge and without regard to age, race, ethnic origin, religion or sex. In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin, sex, age or disability.

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