Early Head Start (6 weeks to 3)
The first few years
Magna-Tiles are always a big hit with our Early Head Start children!

Early Head Start (6 weeks to 3)

Next Door is here to help in your child’s first few years of life. Our staff surrounds infants and toddlers with a supportive, loving environment and begins basic educational instruction. We start enrolling children at six weeks through three years of age. Families must meet income and other eligibility requirements.

Center-based Programming

If you’re looking for full-day, year-round care, we provide early childhood education services for children six weeks to three years old at our 29th Street and Capitol Drive locations. We offer:

  • Programming Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Class sizes of 8 students per at least 2 teachers
  • A comprehensive approach to school readiness
  • Instruction promoting language and literacy development
  • A play-based curriculum
  • Services to children with special needs
  • Nutritious meals and snacks daily
  • Free diapers, wipes, infant food & formula
  • Health screenings and behavioral health support
  • A Family Advocate Specialist assigned to your family to assist with needed support and community resources
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor gym spaces
  • Children’s library

Home-based Programming

Next Door offers year-round home-based programming to help develop a stable home environment, build parenting skills and promote literacy. We offer:

  • Programming at your home based on your schedule
  • 90-minute weekly sessions conducted by a certified Parent Educator
  • Programming in English, Spanish, Hmong, Burmese and Karen
  • Medical and dental support to ensure your child is up to date
  • 2 monthly socializations for children to engage with their peers and parents to learn more about child development and parenting skills
  • Additional special events throughout the year

Child Care Partners

We also work with nine partner organizations at 11 sites around the city to provide Early Head Start center-based services. Below are all of the site options.


  • COA Youth & Family Centers (Riverwest and Goldin branches)
  • Kindercare-West Allis
  • La Causa
  • Jo’s Learning Academy
  • Mailaika Early Learning Center
  • Neighborhood House
  • St. Ann’s Center for Intergenerational Care
  • St. Joseph Academy
  • YMCA (Northside and Northwest branches)