The Institute for Human and Social Development (IHSD Inc.) currently serves 181 infant and toddlers around San Mateo County with quality child development programs and is now preparing spaces to serve 32 more infant and toddlers this fall. With infant toddler programs already located in South San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, and San Mateo, IHSD is looking to open four new Early Head Start classrooms with two in East Palo Alto and two more in the north county area. This will be a first for IHSD to serve East Palo Alto with Early Head Start programs.

Early Head Start is just of a three different service models offered by IHSD, whose mission is to provide excellent, comprehensive child development and support services to the highest need children ages 0-5 years old in San Mateo County. The grant opportunity was approved by the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and helps IHSD deepen its impact.

According to a 2018 community needs assessment report, over 2,500 children in San Mateo County qualify for Early Head Start programs, yet San Mateo County has historically experienced an undersupply of subsidized child development spaces for low‐income families. With only enough spaces to serve less than 20% of the eligible Head Start and Early Head Start children in the county, IHSD can now increase access to child development services for much needed families.

“With limited number of programs in the county that serve infant and toddlers,” IHSD Executive Director Angel Barrios explains, “it’s an honor for IHSD to be able to serve more families.”

IHSD plans to have the new Early Head Start classrooms ready by August 2019 and also looks to recruit 12 more teaching staff.