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TLG's Early Head Start

Through the Looking Glass’ Early Head Start provides both center and home-based services for pregnant women, infants and toddlers and their families. Our Early Head Start Program serves children 0-3 and their caregivers as well as pregnant women in 2 program options (home-based and center-based). Our program specializes in children and families with developmental or disability issues but is inclusive of parents and children with and without disabilities.

These specialized Early Head Start services have been developed within TLG, a disability and Deaf culture-based agency that has provided infant mental health, family support, developmental early intervention and disability resources and adaptations since 1982. The expertise of TLG provides diverse services, training, consultation, and assessment resources for the Early Head Start program.

Early Head Start photo: Through the Looking Glass

The home-based option serves families (and pregnant women) residing in Albany, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Union City. Pregnant women living in Oakland can also be served in the home-based option. Homeless families with children 0-3 are also eligible.

During weekly visits, home visitors provide:

  • Play time that is fun for families and supports children's learning and growth
  • Activities and support that helps build strong parent-child relationships
  • Information that connects families to other resources as needed
  • Developmental play group at the Ed Roberts Campus for children and families 2x per month

The home visitors have extensive training and experience working with children and parents with many different types of disabilities. In addition to their expertise in early childhood development, home visitors are trained mental health therapists who work with families using a strength-based approach.

The center-based option serves families with children 0-3 residing in Oakland. Homeless families with children 0-3 are also eligible.

In the center-based program, M-F 9am-3pm, families are offered:

  • Infant/toddler education and care
  • Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, as well as formula and diapers during center hours
  • A multicultural play-based curriculum
  • Opportunities for parent leadership and education
  • Family resources and support

Through the Looking Glass (TLG) and its Early Head Start Center are located at the Ed Roberts Campus, at a transit hub, the Ashby BART station in Berkeley. The campus is a model of universal design, and has many empowerment-oriented resources for people with disabilities.

Read: TLG’s 2014 Annual Report on its Early Head Start program