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Early Head Start (EHS)



The Cleveland County Early Head Start (EHS) program is a federally funded program providing comprehensive early childhood education to income eligible families and children birth to age three at no cost to families.

What does the Early Head Start program do?


Our EHS program provides year-round, full day services in high quality child care centers located throughout Cleveland County.


Our EHS program supports the whole family by recognizing the parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. This program also emphasizes parent engagement, education, health and social/emotional well-being and services to children with special needs.

Why should I participate in this program?

Long-term studies indicate that children who have experienced homelessness, come from low- income/at risk families, and/or are challenged with special needs who receive high quality Early Head Start Services are more likely to develop to their full capacity to be engaged learners with increased social, emotional and physical well-being.

Who is eligible to participate in this program?

Children and families may be eligible for Early Head Start services if:

  • Your family lives in Cleveland County

  • Your child is two years of age or younger on September 1st

  • Your family is experiencing homelessness

  • Your child is in foster or kinship care

  • Your child has a suspected or documented disability

When applying for our EHS program, please be prepared to submit the following:

  • Certified copy of the child’s birth certificate

  • Verification of income from all sources (W-2 or tax return preferred)

  • Child’s immunization record

  • Medicaid or private insurance card

  • WIC card (if applicable)

  • Proof of residency

  • If child is in foster or kinship care documentation of legal custody or guardianship

For more information on the application and enrollment process contact: 

Melissa Waters, EHS – Child Care ERSEA Coordinator

via email at or call (704) 472-2474


Early Head Start Program Providers

Apples of Gold

Address: 1633 South Post Rd.,

Shelby, NC 28152
Phone: (704) 481-9265

Mama Lissa’s Tiny Tot University

Address: 107 Valentine Dr.,

Shelby, NC 28152
Phone: (704) 476-0089

Restoration Learning Academy

Address: 414 Milsap Rd.,

Shelby, NC  28150
Phone: (704) 471-2495

Berryland Clubhouse

Address: 514 South DeKalb St., Shelby, NC 28150
Phone: (704) 482-5108

Connected Kids CDC

Address: 600 N. Morgan St.,

Shelby, NC 28150
Phone: (704) 487-5792

Play Palace

Address: 827 Earl Road,

Shelby, NC  28152
Phone: (704) 482-3066

It Takes a Village

Address: 813 West Kings Street,

Kings Mountain, NC  28086
Phone: (704) 750-4208

Bloom at BLC

Address: 1415 College Ave,

Shelby, NC  28152
Phone: (704) 313-7019


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