Mountain States Early Head Start

A place where children and families thrive

Welcome to our unique community. A community where you and your child will make friends, learn together, and form connections that last a lifetime. We offer free child development guidance and resources to anyone expecting a child or with a child up to 36 months. We can’t wait to meet you!

Meet your new partners in parenting. Our friendly consultants will work with you and your child during weekly visits through our convenient home–based program that’s customized just for you. We’ll share ideas, answer your questions, and offer resources that fit your needs. Plus, you can keep on learning by joining playgroups, parenting classes and more!

We love children! We help them thrive by getting an early start during pregnancy and their most critical early development years. While school starts at age five, education starts the moment children are born, making you your child’s first and best teacher. We see ourselves as consultants because we work for you.

We are an awesome, free service with a warm, empathetic, and supportive culture designed especially for families and children.

Together in the home

We help where your child learns best – right at home. From pregnancy to age three, we’re there to help support you every step of the way.

Home Visits

Together in playgroups

All families are welcome! Playgroups are a relaxed and casual time for parents and children to get together for fun, play and connection.


Together through pregnancy

Whether this is your first pregnancy, or you’ve done this before, we will be a trusted source of support you can count on.

Pregnancy & Beyond

Together with other parents

Connect with other parents! We provide a safe, supportive place to build friendships and share experiences with other parents just like you!

Parent Connections

By the numbers

Our community is growing and thriving! Last year's theme focused on restoration. We reinforced the importance of trauma-informed work, trained staff, strengthened community partnerships, and improved our internal monitoring and communication practices.

231 children enrolled

serving ages 0-3 years in the local communities of Bonner, Shoshone, and Kootenai in 2019-2020

25% of children we serve

enter the program with developmental delay or disability

170 volunteers gave 19,490 hours

through volunteering, completing home-teaching between home visits, participating in leadership activities, and promoting our program

Get involved

Decide to thrive! You can join our team in different ways to support families at Early Head Start. There are many ways to help, like volunteering, donating supplies or money to support our activities, sponsoring a parent-child event or training, interning at our program, or even applying to become one of our awesome staff.

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