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New Directions Early Head Start

(no longer part of the Center for Disabilities Studies)

New Directions Early Head Start (NDEHS) is an interagency program committed to empowering and supporting pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and their families. NDEHS is designed to serve women who are pregnant and families who have children between the ages of birth and 36 months. Programs at the centers give children with and without disabilities an equal opportunity to learn together. Families must meet income and other eligibility guidelines.

The consortium is composed of various agencies including:

Delaware Early Childhood Center
Early Learning Center at the University of Delaware

Early Learning Center at Neighborhood House, Inc.
Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Delaware

NDEHS was funded in October 1997 during the third national wave of federal support to develop Early Head Start programs across the nation. The NDEHS consortium of agencies represents an innovative collaborative model bringing together the University with a diverse group of nonprofit community agencies to provide direct services to over 175 children and families in New Castle and Kent counties. The consortium also works to have an impact on many more families and service providers by way of its capacity-building approach in the areas of child care, disability support, training, and coordination of services.

NDEHS received a $1 million grant at the end of 2009 to expand its programs in New Castle and Kent Counties. Read New Directions Early Head Start receives grant to expand services in UDaily for more information about how the grant is providing services to more families and children.

NDEHS's mission

New Directions Early Head Start provides pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and their families with quality care and family services that support families in providing the best for themselves and their very young children, in order to promote children's success and families' self-sufficiency, through community collaboration and partnerships.

NDEHS reports

2007-2008 Program Information Report

2007-2008 Annual Report

2008-2009 Program Information Report

For more information

Heidi Beck, Project Leader
New Directions Early Head Start
321 South College
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-0474 (fax)