How EHS CCP Works

SAL’s Early Head Start Child Care Partnership (EHS CCP) program provides an unparalleled level of care to children and families in the Illinois-Quad Cities—with education at the heart of that care. The program equips your littlest ones—and you—with the tools needed to thrive long-term by providing:

  • High-quality, full-day, full-year child care, including family child care, for low-income working families.
  • Care for infants and toddlers that support their development through strong relationship-based experiences prepares them for the transition into Head Start and preschool.
  • Center-based care settings and HCCN settings that are licensed and meet safety requirements.
  • Individualized home visits and opportunities to meet other parents through the group socializations for pregnant mothers and families with children enrolled in the home-based option.
  • Comprehensive services include health, oral health, nutrition, mental wellness, and support for children with suspected or diagnosed disabilities.

EHS CCP focuses on five different Content Areas

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
    • The ECE content area focuses on providing quality care to EHS children and classrooms as well as providing school readiness to EHS children. ECE ensures that learning environments are nurturing spaces that support the development of all young children in classrooms, play spaces, areas for caregiving routines, and outdoor areas.
  • Parent Family Community  Engagement (PFCE) and Governance
    • The PFCE and Governance content area is the collaboration between early childhood staff, families, and community agencies to build positive relationships.  These relationships support parents' progress toward their goals for themselves and their children.
  • Mental Health & Disabilities
    • The Mental Health & Disabilities content area supports the mental health of children, families, and staff every day. Early childhood mental health is the same as social and emotional well-being. It is a child’s developing capacity to express and regulate emotions, form trusting relationships, explore, and learn.
  • Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA)
    • ERSEA tasks are some of the most important work performed by EHS programs. ERSEA governs how programs determine eligibility, enroll children, and track attendance. ERSEA helps our staff assess the needs of our communities and recruit the children and families most in need of our services.
  • Health & Nutrition
    • The Health & Nutrition content area provides services to promote health and safety for children and families in the EHS program, such as oral health, nutrition, and safety practices. Health managers explore resources to support healthy eating habits and find nutrition assistance information to share with families.​​​​​​​