Early Head Start


Infants and Toddlers up to 3 years old

National studies have found that the first five years of life, and in particular the first two years regarding brain development, are critical to the development of a child’s ability to understand language and acquire the social skills needed to succeed in school. When young children are responded to with love; when adults talk to them, answer their endless questions, find ways to encourage them safely to explore; and when they are in safe and secure surroundings that stimulate their curiosity, they thrive.

Lids riding their bicycles

Informed by both scientific research and specific community needs, ICC has designed and operates a full-day, year-round program for 72 Early Head Start (EHS) families. The BASIC GOALS are to:

Provide safe and developmentally enriching care and education in environments promoting the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development of infants and toddlers
Prepare children for future growth and development;
Support parents in their role as primary caregivers and educators of their children in meeting personal goals and in achieving self-sufficiency across a wide variety of domains
Mobilize communities through partnerships to provide the resources necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services for children and families
Raise the educational level of the early childhood workforce through intensive professional development and increased access to advanced education.

Program Details

Hours of Operation: 8:30 to 3:00pm

Family Activities and Parent Workshops also provide further opportunities to strengthen parent-child bonding, family development, increase family engagement, breakdown family isolation, and provide bonding and educational opportunities.  ICC has also been addressing food insecurity through its partnership with Table-2-Table, providing fresh produce weekly to EHS families.

CONTACT: 973.589.6873


EHS offers three TYPES OF SERVICES for families:​

  • Center-Based (classroom) Child Care
  • Expectant Parents Program
  • Home-Based Care


To be ELIGIBLE for services, a family must:

  • Live in Ironbound (zip codes 07105 & part of 07114)
  • Have 3 proofs of residence
  • Be at 100% or below of poverty guidelines


Applications are available on-site at The ELC every other Wednesday, beginning in March.

Solicitudes estarán disponibles cada dos miércoles, comenzando en Marzo.

ELC application/Formulario de solicitud por ELC

Email the completed and signed application to/Enviar cumplimentado y firmado el documento de solicitud a: ApplyELC@ironboundcc.org