Welcome to the Venice Family Clinic's Children First Early Head Start (CFEHS) Program. Children First Early Head Start is a high-quality comprehensive early childhood program. This webpage is designed to tell you about our program and the services we offer you and your child. We look forward to working with your family during the coming years.
The mission of Children First Early Head Start is to optimize the quality of life for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women by enriching relationships among families, communities, and staff through child development education and parent empowerment. We promote a continuum of care including comprehensive health services, social services, and community referrals.
Children First Early Head Start is designed to meet the special strengths and needs of each child and family. The program provides the following comprehensive services:
- Child Development and early childhood education
- Parent education, advocacy and involvement
- Child health, safety and wellness
- Nutrition and dental services
- Networking families with community and social services and resources
- Disabilities, wellness and mental health services available
This program began at Venice Family Clinic in 1995 and supports 180 children and their families. It is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services as an extension of the Head Start Act. Families with children from birth to 3-years old and or prenatal mothers are eligible. It is a year-round program and free to income eligible families that meet U.S. Poverty Income guidelines; 10% can include over-income families with demonstrated needs.
The long-term goal of the program is healthy children and families, strong parent- child relationships, resourceful/self-sufficient families, and supportive communities.
To be eligible for the Children First Early Head Start program, families need to live in our service area (various cities on the west side of Los Angeles, including Venice, Santa Monica, Culver City, Mar Vista, the Cadillac/Robertson area, Palms, and parts of Inglewood). Families must also be willing to participate in weekly home visits, daily center based services at Santa Monica High School, or designated Family Child Care sites. CFEHS participants are excited about parenting and want to learn as much as they can about ways to enhance their child’s development in order to become the best parents that they can be.
To be sure that we reach parents that may need a little extra support, the program scores each application. Families with high social support needs, children with disabilities, teen parents, those having limited income and those referred by our community partners are given a higher ranking than those having access to other avenues of assistance.
Please click on the links below for more information about our program: