The ACES Middlesex County Early Head Start Partnership is a federally funded community-based program that serves eligible families with infants and toddlers up to 3 years old, as well as expectant families. The program serves families in Middletown, Cromwell, Portland, Old Saybrook, Clinton and Westbrook. Our partners include Middlesex Hospital, Faith Lutheran Church, Russell Library and Grace Episcopal Church. ACES is responsible for overall project administration.

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Mission Statement & Purpose

Our mission is to ensure that the cornerstones of child development, family development, staff development and community building are in place for Middlesex County’s eligible families.

The purpose of the program is to utilize existing family and child services and to expand their capacity to provide the comprehensive array of family and child supports unique to the Head Start experience.

What does Early Head Start do?

The goal of EHS is to offer a comprehensive child development program involving families and the community. Because the family plays the pivotal role in child development, parents must actively participate in the program and understand that they are their children’s first and best teachers. It is crucial that staff and families work together in the best interest of the child.

The program offers the following core services:

  • Home visits
  • Services for pregnant women/expectant families
  • Socialization playgroups
  • Family partnerships and goal setting support
  • Community Partnerships to meet additional family needs
  • Family engagement and leadership opportunities
  • Health and behavioral health services
  • Developmental screenings
  • Support for special needs & disabilities
  • Education and school readiness
  • Transition planning to preschool
  • Transportation support

EHS also offers services to families of young children with disabilities or developmental delays in an inclusive environment.