Maternal Mental Health in Early Head Start Fact Sheet

Early Head Start provides critical health and early education services to pregnant women and children from birth to age three.

Fewer than 13,000 pregnant women are served each year through Early Head Start’s proven model and 32% receive mental health interventions. While identification and treatment are higher than the average (15-25% of women diagnosed with maternal mental health disorders are treated nationally), it is not nearly enough to meet the need.

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Millions of infants and toddlers who qualify for Early Head Start cannot access it due to limited resources. They are counting on us to act. We hope you will join us to help Early Head Start rise in communities all across this nation! For more information, read more about our Early Head Start Rising! campaign or contact


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