PTN is proud to host an Early Head Start program at our headquarters in Torrance, California. From the success of the original Head Start program, which began in 1965, the Federal government expanded this successful program to include infants and toddlers. In 1994, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created Early Head Start (EHS).

EHS is a federally funded community-based program for families with infants, toddlers, and pregnant women who qualify under the Federal Poverty Guidelines. 

Their mission is:

to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women

to enhance the development of very young children

to promote healthy family functioning

This program serves as an innovative model with its inclusion of therapeutic services combined with the Early Head Start’s mandated health, nutrition, dental, social services and parent involvement opportunities. Through home and center-based visits, the program promotes infant-caregiver attachment through every stage from prenatal through age 3. Eligible families must reside in the 90501, 90503 or 90505 zip code areas of Torrance. For enrollment information please call 310-328-0276, ext. 305.

This program provides an early childhood education setting for children 18-36 months. The center-based program operates from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It delivers a comprehensive educational program within a classroom setting. Within this setting, families have access to teachers, a nurse, a nutritionist, and a counselor. Parents are connected to community resources and referrals.

Safety is a key component to the program. Staff are not only constantly practicing safety in their actions, but also teaching health and safety skills to the children such as being aware of others and their surroundings and learning proper hygiene.

Many aspect of this program is geared towards making the transition to preschool easier on the child and family. Skills such as sitting down during circle time, saying goodbye to parents, and playing with others are worked on daily. Individual development goals are set for every child and classroom activities are implemented with each child in mind. An evidenced base curriculum is used to guide the activities in the classroom and a set of research-based tools are used to assess children’s ongoing development.

Engaging families is an important part of the program. Parent and community volunteer opportunities are welcome. Meetings with families happen several times a year, to set family goals, discuss child progress and provided resources.

This program brings the EHS staff into the home of identified families to support the development and the child/parent relationship. Sessions are delivered weekly for 90 minutes for children birth - 18 months. Families are invited and encouraged to attend two social events per month. Families enrolled in the home-based option have access to a nurse, a nutritionist, a counselor and needed resources. Socializations provide an opportunity for families to learn about community resources, discuss topics with staff and other families and engage in family social and developmental activities. Families are kept abreast of their child’s development, progress and provide much input in the planning of their child’s weekly activities. Families are engaged in individual goal setting for their child and family.

Benefits of the EHS Program

Benefits to Prenatal Families
* Families will gain knowledge of the pre and post-natal period
* Assistance will be given to help reduce or eliminate harmful substances such as drinking, smoking, drug use and other risky habits.
* Maternal depression will be identified and addressed at a faster rate.
* Families will have access to no-cost programs, services and workshops regarding childbirth and breastfeeding.
Benefits to the Child
* Health risks such as childhood obesity, asthma and diabetes can be reduced through incorporating nutrition guidance, doctor's visits and physical activity.
* Behavioral challenges will be addressed through parent resources.
* Children with special needs will participate and thrive in an inclusive center based setting.
* Early identification of children with developmental delays can lead to improved developmental outcomes.
Benefits to the Family
* Parents will be able to participate in activities to increase positive social experiences and educational activities outside of the the EHS program time.
* Siblings of children participating in the EHS program will have increased access to activities that support them socially, emotionally and educationally.

Do you want to get involved?

For enrollment information please call 310-328-0276, ext. 305 or email

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