Urban Strategies funded to operate Early Head Start in Houston
The Office of Head Start has funded Urban Strategies to provide Early Head Start (EHS) services to 120 infants, toddlers, and their families in Houston. Urban Strategies received a $2,329,006 grant on an annual basis over five years to provide high-quality, comprehensive services in early care and education. This funding will allow Urban Strategies to develop strong,healthy families; initiate and support the school readiness of children; and make a positive difference in poorly resourced communities of Houston.
Urban Strategies EHS Houston will primarily serve children and families living in the neighborhoods along the I-45 and US Highway 59/69 Corridor. These include but are not limited to Northside Village, Kashmere Gardens, Eastex/Jensen, Northside/Northline, Acres Homes, Greater Greenspoint, Aldine, and other neighborhoods in the cities of Humble and Houston. Two centers are being established in partnership with faith-based organizations. One center will be located within the campus of Vida City Church at 1300 W Mt Houston Rd, Houston, TX 77038. The second center will be located within the campus of Templo Poder Y Gozo at 4401 Theiss Rd, Humble,TX 77338. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the two centers will offer provide early care and education services through three delivery options: center based, home based, and remote through a virtual platform. Parents will decide which delivery option best meets their needs at the time of enrollment. Once the pandemic is under control, services will gradually transition to center based.
Modeled after the Urban Strategies EHS Program in Phoenix, Urban Strategies EHS Houston will offer high-quality, holistic programming that promotes well-being for both children and their families. In each of the three delivery options, year-round services in education, health, nutrition, mental health, social services, and parent engagement will be provided for infants and toddlers ages 12 weeks to 36 months. An individual approach to services will be utilized for all children, and in particular, children in foster care, homeless children, and children with disabilities. A ratio of one teacher for a group of four children will be observed. A high-quality curriculum that integrates each family’s ethnic background and language preference will be implemented. The Urban Strategies EHS two-generation approach of meeting family and child needs will focus on child development while equipping parents with skills for obtaining family self-sufficiency and financial stability.
Urban Strategies is an organization that tools, connects, and resources grassroots organizations to serve children and families in communities throughout the United States and Latin America. Its mission is to develop strong and healthy families, advance the school readiness of children, build engaged communities, and make a difference in the quality of life of vulnerable families. This mission is realized at the grassroots level through collaborative relationships with local community agencies and partnerships with faith-based organizations and forms the basis for the creation and funding of the Urban Strategies EHS centers in Phoenix, Puerto Rico, and now in Houston.
Urban Strategies EHS Houston may be reached by phone at (832) 413-1494 and by email at Raylor@urbanstrategies.us.