ACES Middlesex County Early Head Start
300 Washington Street ▪ Middletown, CT 06457

The ACES Middlesex County Early Head Start Partnership is a community-based program funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established in 2010. It serves income eligible families with infants and toddlers up to 3 years old, as well as expectant families.  The program serves families in Middletown, Cromwell, Portland, Old Saybrook, Clinton and Westbrook.

For more information, call Rebecca Cuevas at 860-704-0725 or e-mail at

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ACES is responsible for overall project administration. This includes monitoring of all services to ensure adherence to EHS performance standards; recruiting and training project staff, and providing ongoing professional development; maintaining a database in which to collect data on program services and outcomes; and preparing and submitting reports on program services and outcomes.

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The mission of the ACES Middlesex County Early Head Start Partnership is to ensure that the cornerstones of child development, family development, staff development, and community building are in place for Middlesex County’s income eligible expectant families or families with infants and toddlers through age three.

The purpose of the ACES Middlesex County Early Head Start Partnership approach is to utilize existing family and child services, and to expand their capacity to provide the comprehensive array of family and child supports unique to the Head Start experience.


There is powerful research showing that the period from birth to age three is critical to healthy growth and development and to later success in school and in life. The 1994 Head Start Reauthorization Act established a new program, Early Head Start (EHS), for low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers. EHS supports parents in fulfilling their parental roles and helps them move toward economic independence.

The goal of EHS is to offer a comprehensive child development program involving families and the community. Because the family plays the pivotal role in child development, parents must actively participate in the program and understand that they are their children’s first and best teachers. It is crucial that staff and families work together in the best interest of the child.

The options for infants and toddlers must be regarded as a distinct kind of service—not as a scaled-down version of preschool or as just babysitting. The unique characteristics of infancy make this care different from the experiences of older children.

The program offers the following core services:

EHS also offers services to families of young children with disabilities or developmental delays in an inclusive environment.