The Early Bird Program mirrors the Head Start Program and serves seventeen 3-year old children. This program was created due to demand for a high-quality, comprehensive early childhood education program for low-income, at-risk 3-year-old children in South Indian River County as indicated by the 2014 Indian River County Children’s Services Community Assessment. No Head Start dollars were available for expansion. EOC raised local funding for the program. Funders are John’s Island Foundation, John’s Island Service League, Head Heart & Hands of Indian River Club, United Way of Indian River County, Indian River County Children’s Services Advisory Council, PNC Foundation, and the Prentice Foundation.
The Early Bird classroom is located in a modular unit on the campus of Indian River Academy in South Vero. This is a free program for low-income families