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Early Head Start

Human Development and Family Studies

Early Head Start Texas Tech University

Make a gift to Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a comprehensive child-care program for infants and toddlers from families with low-incomes. Pregnant mothers and families with children under the age of three receive high quality child care, home visits, nutritious, meals, developmental assessments, health screenings, and parent education. All services are free of charge to families who qualify.

Early Head Start is a federally funded program; however, 20% of our funding must come from the community. Therefore, donations are critical to the continued well-being of the program.

Early Head Start Fund

Donations to the Early Head Start Fund help support the operational costs of our program. All contributions go directly toward the cost of providing services to children. Donations help us buy equipment that we need but could not otherwise afford, including adaptive equipment for children with special needs, and playground equipment.

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La Nelle Ethridge Children's Fund

La Nelle Ethridge was the founding Director at Early Head Start and remains very involved in our program. To honor La Nelle's devotion to Early Head Start, the La Nelle Ethridge Children's Fund was established upon her retirement in 2009. This fund directly supports children in need; donations help us buy clothing, emergency food, and other supplies for children.

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Baby Bucks Program

This incentive-based program allows families to earn money (Baby Bucks) that can be used to purchase clothes, shoes, books, toys, and other equipment and supplies needed for their child. Families earn Baby Bucks by participating in the program in a number of ways, such as attending Parent Meetings and special events, reading at home with their child, volunteering in classrooms, and obtaining their child’s needed medical and dental care. Donations of new or gently used items for children allow us to offer families help with their child’s basic needs and support their interest in their child’s early education.

For questions, contact Chelsie at chelsie.bewley@ttu.edu or call 806-834-4990. Donations may be dropped off at 3315 E. Broadway, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Read at Home Program

It is one of our program goals to ensure children have appropriate books in their home, regardless of their family’s socio-economic situation. Your donation of new or gently used books, designed for infants and toddlers, helps support families in their work to be their child’s first and best educator.

For questions, contact Andrea at andrea.bewley@ttu.edu or call 806-834-5208. Donations may be dropped off at 3315 E. Broadway, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Your donation supports families who aim to improves the lives of their children. Thank you very much!

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