UNR Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a comprehensive child development program serving poverty-level pregnant women & families with children aged 0-3.

Early Head Start Brochure [PDF, opens in new window]

Program Options

Home Visiting

The home visiting program consists of one 1-1/2 hour home visit per week by a certified parent-child educator. Home visitors use the Parents As Teachers curriculum and home-based services include referrals, developmental screenings, nutrition assessments, health screenings, parent engagement activities, and much more to highlight the importance of parents as a child's first educator. Additionally, families enrolled in home-based education services are given priority for child care vacancies if work or school requirements are met.

Early Head Start Home Visiting Brochure [PDF, opens in new window]

Center-Based Child Care

Early Head Start has a full-day, full year child care program that is free of cost for low income families with children under the age of 3. Early Head Start's four child care centers operate Monday-Friday, from 7:30am to 5:30pm. In addition to quality child care, Early Head Start provides referrals for parents, conducts developmental, nutrition, and health screenings to monitor development of children, holds monthly parent engagement activities, and provides meals and diapers for children while at the center. To qualify for center-based child care, all adults in the home must be working or attending school full-time.

WCSD Combination Program

Early Head Start and Washoe County School District have partnered to provide child care at Wooster High School and Innovations High School for parents attending high school. This program consists of center-based child care, with 3 months of home visiting services provided when school is out of session.

Qualifications and Application Process

To qualify for the Early Head Start program families must fall below the federal poverty guidelines and either be pregnant or have a child under the age of 3.

To begin the application process online, please click here!

¡Para empezar el proceso de solicitud en línea en español, por favor haga clic aquí! 


Complete applications should include 12 months of income documentation (most recent income tax return, 12 consecutive months of pay stubs, TANF documentation, SSI, etc.), proof of pregnancy, and/or proof of the child's birth. Applications with referrals or proof of delay/disability of the child or parent are also given higher priority.

Early Head Start Application [PDF, opens in new window]
Applications can be returned via fax at 775-327-5866, e-mail at jbarnett@unr.edu, or in the mail to Early Head Start, 401 W. 2nd St. #113, Reno, NV 89503.

For questions, please contact UNR Early Head Start at 775-327-5100.

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Donations of diapers, clothing, and gently used baby items are always welcome.