Early Head Start–Home-Based Option (EHS-HBO) Target Population

The Early Head Start-Home-Based Option targets low-income pregnant women and families with children from birth to age 3 years. To be eligible for the Early Head Start-Home-Based Option, most families must be at or below the federal poverty level. Early Head Start-Home-Based Option programs must make at least 10 percent of their enrollment opportunities available to children with disabilities who are eligible for Part C services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in their state. Each individual Early Head Start-Home-Based Option program is allowed to develop specific program eligibility criteria, aligned with the model’s performance standards.