Early Head Start

An early care and education program that provides services to pregnant women and families with children ages 0-3. Early Head Start (EHS) serves families in their homes or in childcare centers located in South Philadelphia, Norristown, Pottstown, and lower Bucks County, offering:

  • The highest quality educational and family support
  • Free developmental and health screenings for children
  • Services for children with disabilities
  • Connections to community resources for job training, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, medical and dental care, and more
  • Baby basics such as diapers, gently used clothing, and infant formula

Our childcare centers are all Keystone 3 or Keystone 4 Star-rated facilities!

EHS includes families in all decisions because parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. Families are involved in:

  • Setting goals for themselves and their children
  • Participating in parent-child activities where parents and children play, learn, and share experiences
  • Helping to oversee the program including serving on the parent-led Policy Council

Brochures in English and Spanish (PDF)

You are eligible for services if you are:

  • Pregnant or have a child under 3 years of age
  • Have an income at or below the federal poverty guideline (LINK)
  • Live in South Philadelphia, Norristown, Pottstown, or lower Bucks County
  • Have a child with a disability

Families who have children with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact:

  • South Philadelphia
  • 215-551-6330
  • Norristown
  • 610-277-1505
  • Pottstown
  • 610-819-6200
  • Lower Bucks County
  • 610-277-1505

Learn more about our child care partners:


2015/16 Scheduled Site closures

  • President’s Day, Monday, February 16, 2015- CLOSED
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015 – CLOSED
  • Independence Day, Friday July 4, 2015- CLOSED
  • Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015- CLOSED
  • Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 26, 2015- CLOSED
  • Friday After Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27, 2015- CLOSED
  • Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2014- CLOSED
  • New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1st, 2015- CLOSED
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Monday, January 18, 2016- CLOSED

***Please note additional closing dates may occur.***

Site closures due to weather occur when the school district closes.

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Activities for Parents and Children

Activities To Try At Home

There are plenty of activities for parents and kids to do together which can help kids prepare for school. Try these exercises, whether you have an entire afternoon, or just a few minutes before bedtime.

We asked MCC’s EHS Education Coordinators, Jessica Smith and Bridget Scott-Doyle to share some of their favorites activities for kids of different ages.