Eligibility

Education & Curriculum

Disabilities

Health & Nutrition

Parent Involvement

Family Services

Our Professional Staff

Frequently Asked Questions

Head Start Children

About Us

The Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start provides comprehensive child development services that help children and their families achieve their full potential through education, health, nutrition, social and disability services, and parent involvement activities and training. Head Start’s mission is to provide a comprehensive learning environment to children that is respectful of their cultures and to assist families in reaching self-sufficiency though the combined efforts of parents, community and staff.

Federal performance standards, a carefully implemented curriculum and assessment process, well-trained teachers and staff, and required programmatic evaluations ensure that The Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start maintains a high-quality educational environment so children can develop skills to be successful in school and life.

 

Eligibility

The Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start enrolls pregnant women and children from birth to age five.  The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Families qualify if their income falls at or below federal poverty guidelines. The family must live in one of the 13 school districts in our service area. 

Education and Curriculum

The Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start offers a comprehensive early childhood program.  The nationally recognized, outcomes based Creative Curriculum® offers a variety of fun and educational activities throughout the day. The Creative Curriculum® focuses on the many aspects of child growth including social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Periodic developmental assessments of each child and conferences between parents and teachers help to ensure healthy and positive development. Collaborative agreements with several school districts enable us to also offer the New York State Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program.

Disabilities

All children with special needs participate in developmentally appropriate activities designed to meet their special education and/or related service needs. The Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start collaborates with outside agencies and local school districts for additional special needs services as indicated.

Health and Nutrition

At the Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start a team of health professionals ensures that the medical, dental, mental health, and nutritional needs of each child are met. Services include health screenings, advocacy, information and referral.  The program ensures good nutrition by providing a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack to each child daily enrolled in the center-based program. Good nutrition and the importance of an active lifestyle are further reinforced in the classroom and home-based setting. 

Parent Involvement

Parents are the most important influence on a child’s development. An essential part of our program is the involvement of our parents in parent education, program planning, and classroom activities. The Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start has many opportunities for parents to get involved including policy council, parent committees, parent volunteers, and educational workshops.

Family Services

Family Advocates at the Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start partner with families to assist in identifying family goals, strengths and necessary supports.  Information is available to families on such topics as parenting, child care, health and nutrition, child development, job training, literacy, mental wellness, emergency assistance and crisis intervention.