Center for Human Services
Center for Human Services

Early Head Start


Early Head Start is a comprehensive program, focused on providing a variety of services, through state and federal grant funding, for income-eligible pregnant women and families with infants and/or toddlers including:

  • Supporting families in creating a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for their child
  • Assisting with access to community services
  • Providing information on infant/toddler development
  • A full array of services mandated in the Head Start Performance Standards

Harris Center

At the Harris Center, our mixed-age classrooms are led by certified, talented, & caring teachers. Our program is a comprehensive program encourages & supports parents to take the lead role in their child’s learning and development, while offering a safe, loving environment for children, birth to age 3, during the day while parents are at work or school.

Harris Early Care and Education Center
We are a full day, full year Early Head Start program for children birth up to 36 months that supports optimal development and potential of children and their families.Hours of operation is 6:30 am to 5:30 pm. For information contact the Center Manager at 660-826-4401 ext. 270.

The Center has maintained Missouri Accreditation quality standards since 2006.

EHS programming is provided in a high-quality early education setting; using Creative Curriculum, a researched based curriculum, developmental screenings and ongoing assessment that encourages children to interact with each other and their environment, supporting school readiness in all areas of learning.

Teacher Credentials
All lead classroom teachers must meet the Federal Early Head Start requirements which require a minimum of a Child Development Associate credential. All classroom support staff and substitutes meet the Missouri Accreditation standards by having 9 or more college credits in early childhood education.

Home Visitation program

Parents As Teachers:

Parents As TeachersParents as Teacher is a research based home visiting curriculum and is provided in partnership with the Sedalia 200 school district’s Early Childhood Cooperative. EHS Home Visitors receive intensive training and observation to become certified. Weekly home visits provide parenting information, as well as information on family strengths and community resources.

DOULA services:

EHS Home Visitors are certified Doulas. A Doula is a non medical person who provides support before, during and after childbirth. Families receiving Doula services generally have less pain during labor, shorter labor, and have fewer C section births. Our prenatal services include a weekly visit before baby comes, and lots of interesting and fun activities to prepare for the arrival of the baby.

Infant Massage services:

EHS Home visitors are certified infant massage instructors. Infant massage can help support the bonding between caregiver and baby, help with digestion and sleep, and provide relaxation and support for conditions such as colic.

Family Fun Nights:

Family fun nights provide parents in the EHS Home Visiting program time with other families to socialize. A comfortable mealtime setting and parent child activities and training provide a enriching experience.




For more information about the program,

please contact Kristin Allstot, Early Head Start ERSEA Specialist.



Child Care Partnerships

What it Means to be a Partner

To partner with Early Head Start in serving children and families, a facility or family child care home must be licensed and in good standing with Missouri childcare licensing, sanitation, fire, and the USDA food program. They must agree to meet all Head Start Performance Standards in classrooms serving EHS children and have weekly visits from EHS staff for mentoring and support.

How to Become a Partner

Child care facilities and family child care homes willing to commit to providing high quality early care and education, lower ratios and increased professional development following the Head Start Performance Standards can enter an agreement with the Early Head Start grantee to serve eligible children. Entering a partnership impacts not only the partner’s classrooms but the community childcare quality is raised overall. For more information, contact the EHS Child Care Partnership Manager at 660-826-4401 ext. 239.

Our Partners

Imagination Station
1109 E. 13th St.
Sedalia , MO 65301
Mindy Rohr, Director

The Kid Konnection, Inc.
509 South State Fair Blvd.
Sedalia, MO 65301
Catherine Fidler, Director

Kreative Kiddos
32210 Clarendon Rd.
Sedalia, MO 65301
Sarah Thayer, Owner

Honey Bear Daycare
3109 Aaron Avenue
Sedalia, MO 65301
Shelli Webb, Owner/Director

Kenzie’s Playhouse
3930 Chapel Drive
Sedalia, MO 65301
MacKenzie Miller. Owner/Director


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