Texas Tech University

Early Head Start Program

Early Head Start

The Texas Tech University Early Head Start program (EHS) is an initiative of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences. EHS provides continuous and comprehensive child development and family support services to approximately 100 Lubbock families with children from 0-3 years. EHS offers year-round, full-day child care, home visits to pregnant mothers and young families, hot nutritious meals, developmental and health screening, and parent education and support to qualifying families at no cost to them through federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. The goals of this program include enhancing the physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth and development of participating children as well as responding to the family’s needs by promoting positive adult child interactions, and striving to support caregivers in their parenting role.

TTU Early Head Start serves as a site for observation and instructional experiences for Human Development and Family Studies and Early Childhood program lab students who benefit from hands on, authentic learning experiences with certified teachers and children 0-3 in a classroom environment. EHS is also available to practicum students in the Human Development and Family studies degree program and provides interdisciplinary research opportunities for faculty and graduate students in fields such as child development, poverty and risk, nutrition, family financial planning, classroom and playground design, and adult-child interactions.

TTU EHS is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Program Accreditation. The Academy is a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators. TTU Early Head Start is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and serves as a Rising Star Vendor for Child Care Services.


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Texas Tech University Early Head Start believes that children reach their highest potential in an atmosphere of caring and respect that offers many opportunities to learn in ways that meet the needs of each individual child.

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Texas Tech HDFS Early Head Start Overview

Early Head Start Overview

EHS focuses on the child and the family
offering comprehensive child care
and parent education.
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Early Head Start Infant Program

Infant Program

Ages: 6 weeks to 18 months
Class Size: 8
(3 classrooms)
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Early Head Start Toddler Program

Toddler Program

Ages: 18 months to 3 years
Class Size: 8
(3 classrooms)
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How do I apply?

Early Head Start accepts children from six weeks to three years of age, and all Early Head Start services are free to those who meet income and eligibility guidelines. Learn more »

Enrollment Tours

Enrollment tours are available:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 - 4 p.m.

Please contact EHS at (806) 765-2737 for more information.

Enrollment Tours

A nationally accredited program

NAEYCIn addition to remaining in good standing with the Office of Head Start and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, this program is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The program is one of only four accredited programs in Lubbock, and the only program exclusively serving infants and toddlers from families with low incomes for whom all services are free of charge.


Early Head Start