All children deserve the best start possible.
United Way of Acadiana Early Head Start gives your child an EARLY HEAD START to a good life – from pregnancy through age 3. We
offer a variety of services, from prenatal education to childcare to referrals
and other assistance.
Free onsite childcare, including meals and snacks, is available at the United Way of Acadiana Early Head Start Lafayette Early Learning Center at 1515
Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501, and at the United Way of Acadiana Early Head Start Abbeville Early Learning Center at 802 South St.
Valerie Street, Abbeville, LA 70510. The centers have a low child-to-teacher ratio and are led by a dedicated,
Our home-based program provides the services of a
family advocate who will visit families at home to support parents in nurturing
their baby’s development.
Our goal is to:
• Promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant
• Enhance the development of very young children.
• Promote healthy family functioning.
The United Way Early Early Head Start program offers these free
• Prenatal education and support.
• Parent support and parent/child activities.
• Full-day childcare for infants and toddlers.
• Referrals for health care, social services,
housing and food assistance.
• Help with job training, GED, health insurance and
• Support for children with disabilities and their
• Group activities and socializing.
Both Early Head Start, Early Learning Centers are accepting applications!To Apply, Parents Must Bring:
For more details on qualifications or enrollment, please call 534.0683.
Certificate for the Child
Security Card for the Child
Record for the Child
Proof of Child’s Disability (if applicable)
Proof of Pregnancy (if applicable)
of Income or Student (please bring all that apply):
Tax Form 1040
stub or pay envelopes (At Least 4 Check Stubs)
statement from employers
of no income
Stamp Printout or
Award Letter or
Aid Award Letters
of Residency (Utility Bill or Copy of Lease)
MUST live in Vermilion Parish or the 70501 zip code only in Lafayette.
must be between the ages of 0-2.
meet Federal Poverty Income Guideline.
be eligible for home–based services a child may be between birth and three
years of age.
- The child must be living with a parent/guardian who is available
to meet for 90 minutes each week in the home.
These services support our PACT for
Education by addressing kindergarten readiness.
United Way of Acadiana received a multi-year, federal grant for more than $3
million from the federal Administration for Children & Families
Office of Head Start to deliver these expanded services to Acadiana. UWA has also partnered with the
Cecil J.Picard Center at UL to provide support such as teacher training and
For more information on qualifications or
enrollment, please call 337.706.1200.