Early Head Start Program

Early Head Start is a model early childhood program for infants and toddlers, ages birth to three years. Day Early Learning supports the implementation of the research-based Early Head Start program in three partner sites. Across the three partner sites, one of which is our Day Early Learning Center for Infants & Toddlers, children receive the highest-quality infant and toddler care, including health services and family supports. In partnership with the federal Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care and Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning, Early Learning Indiana provides funding, administrative support, classroom coaching and other assistance.

High-Quality Early Education

Our goal is to provide an individualized, responsive and inclusive educational approach for children and families that promotes opportunities for the healthy growth, education and development of infants, toddlers and their families. We regularly track and assess each child’s progress across early childhood development domains as well as assess our teachers and their interactions with the children under their care. Staff also participate in on-going training and coaching sessions. 

Health Services

We strive to increase availability, quality and effectiveness of physical, dental, nutritional and mental health services available to our families. By addressing children’s health needs, Early Head Start ensures that children can focus on learning. Each child receives health and developmental screenings and, if necessary, are referred to community health partners or intervention services for follow-up services.

Family Support & Engagement

Our goal is to engage and educate families enabling them to be advocates for their children. We work to ensure families have the resources needed to sustain economic stability. Through frequent communication and home visits, we work with families to create family goals and help connect them with resources and agencies to improve their well-being.

Community Resource

Our goal is to become a resource for infant and toddler expertise both for practitioners looking to learn more about how to develop high-quality programming and for decision-makers seeking to learn more about how to best invest in children and families birth to age three.

Meet our Team

  • Christine Garza
    Christine Garza Interim Vice President of Program Operations - Director of Early Head Start Childcare Network

    Christine leads the Early Head Start team in providing technical assistance, ensuring the highest quality and best practices for our littlest learners. She brings 20 years of experience in the field of early education, with an associate degree in early childhood education and bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from Purdue University.

  • Emily Jarboe
    Emily Jarboe Center Director

    Emily Jarboe works with the Early Head Start Child Care Network team as the Curriculum and Instruction Specialist. In this role, Emily provides supports to teachers, partners and families in implementing a high quality program to ensure best practices for our littlest learners. She brings 10 years of Head Start experience in implementing quality programs for at-risk families. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Consumer Sciences with a Family and Child focus and a minor in Social Work from Ball State University.

  • Danielle Capstick
    Danielle Capstick Early Head Start Instruction & Curriculum Coach

    Danielle Capstick works with Day Early Learning’s team as the Instruction and Curriculum Coach in the Early Head Start Network Team. In this role, Danielle provides the highest quality of curriculum, instruction and assessments while coaching teachers to improve the quality of child outcomes. She brings four years of Early Head Start experience. Danielle holds a master’s degree in elementary education with a focus in early childhood education from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in family consumer science – child development from Ball State University.

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