Missoula Early Head Start (MEHS) is a program of Ravalli Head Start, Inc. that serves pregnant women and children up to age 3. Early Head Start recognizes that parents/guardians are their child’s first and best teacher, which is why MEHS’s programs work with families to ensure that the developmental needs of each child are met. Goals are set with families focusing on cognitive, physical, social, and social-emotional development and the health of infants and toddlers.
Missoula Early Head Start offers three programs: Prenatal; Home-Based; and, Center-Based. The Prenatal option provides as-needed weekly home visits and one group session per month. Babies transition into one of the following program options as vacancies occur. The Home-Based option includes weekly home visits by a Case Manager. Parent-Child Interaction Groups meet two times a month at MEHS. During groups, parents/guardians come together to play with their children, discuss child development issues and share a meal. MEHS has a Center- Based option which provides full-day child services for 16 children, 5 days a week, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Center-Based families have two home visits and two information sharing meetings with their Infant/Toddler Teacher each year, and monthly parent groups. To qualify for MEHS’s center program, parents must be in school fulltime or working 30 hours a week or more.
All families in MEHS programs are provided with on-going health monitoring services, parent involvement opportunities, referrals to community agencies, optional counseling/mental health (wellness) services, and other various services designed to meet the current needs of their family.
Missoula Early Head Start
(for children newborn up to age 3 in Missoula County)
2121 39th Street
Missoula MT 59803