Early Head Start

Head Start

Head Start Children

Programs & Curriculum

The Children's Community Early Head Start

Program for expectant families, pregnant women, and families with infants and toddlers

Program for Pregnant Women and Expectant Families

At the Children’s Community Early Head Start special attention is given to pregnant women and expectant families as they plan for the arrival of their new baby. Through the use of the nationally recognized curriculum for home-based programs, Partners for a Healthy Baby, scientific research is translated into practical applications. Each family is assigned an early childhood educator who will meet with the family and expectant mother bi-weekly in their home to address important family issues such as prenatal nutrition and health, preparation for baby’s arrival, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, child development, self-esteem and self-sufficiency, and career and childcare planning.

Monthly workshops at our center in Miller Place provide additional support and education to pregnant women and expectant families. Discussion topics include nutrition, accessing social service programs, child care options, breastfeeding and infant feeding, getting back to work, and mental and dental health for the entire family.

For more information contact: (631) 585-3131.

Infant Care and Learning

Center-Based Programming

At The Children’s Community Early Head Start we understand the importance of providing a loving, safe, and stimulating environment for infants. We understand the importance of emotional attachments with parents and loving teachers and that these delicate formative months can shape a baby’s view of the world. In our center-based program in Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma, babies as young as two months old benefit from low staff to baby ratios and small group sizes of no more than eight babies per room. Teachers have optimal time to hug, feed, cuddle, play and interact with each child individually.

Age appropriate toys and equipment make discovering the world fun and interesting. A safe environment ensures children will develop in healthy ways while putting your mind at ease.

Infant curricula are individualized depending on the age and developmental stage of each child. By using the nationally recognized Creative Curriculum® teachers in our center-based program can monitor and enhance fine and gross motor development, language development, and social skills. Indoor and outdoor activities are part of each day’s activities.

Home-Based Programming

At The Children’s Community Early Head Start, our home-based program for infants is designed to support parents and guardians in being their child’s first teachers and in making their home their first classroom. We recognize the importance of supporting parents in building strong emotional attachments while maintaining a safe and secure home environment. Weekly visits by an early childhood educator help support parents and new babies and families. Monthly opportunities to socialize at our Miller Place location provides additional support to new parents and developmental opportunities for young children.

Through the use of the nationally recognized curriculum for home-based programs, Partners for a Healthy Baby, the science of brain development in babies is translated into practical applications while addressing family issues, baby's health and development, self-esteem and self-sufficiency, child care options and accessing community resources. Other areas of focus include safety, parent/child interaction and attachment, mother's physical and emotional health, and ways to promote the baby's overall development through daily care routines and appropriate toys and books.

For more information, call (631) 585-3131.

Toddler Care and Learning

Center-Based Programming

At the Children’s Community Early Head Start in Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma teachers focus on helping toddlers interact and explore the sights, sounds, and textures around them. Activities include dramatic play, exploration of their environment, blocks, puzzles, painting, clay, music and movement. Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace and teachers understand the importance of helping toddlers feel secure. A responsive and nurturing environment is the key to successful learning.

Predictable schedules help children develop trust. Age appropriate toys and equipment make discovering the world fun. A safe environment ensures children will develop in healthy ways while putting your mind at ease.

Play is the work of children and it is how young children discover the world around them. The Creative Curriculum® offers a wide range of activities designed to stimulate the interests and wonder of each child. Language skills, social skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills – all are developing very rapidly. Our toddler curriculum and teachers are ready to keep up with this fast pace. Each activity is designed by our skilled and loving toddler teachers to be fun and engaging while having an educational value.

Home-Based Programming

At The Children’s Community Early Head Start, our home-based program for toddlers (ages 18 months through 36 months) is designed to support parents and guardians in being their child’s first teachers and in making their home their first classroom. We recognize the importance of supporting parents in building strong emotional attachments while maintaining a safe and secure home environment. Regular visits by an early childhood educator help support growing toddlers and their families. Monthly socialization opportunities at our Miller Place location provide additional support to new parents and developmental opportunities for growing toddlers.

Through the use of the nationally recognized curriculum for home-based programs, Partners for a Healthy Baby, the science of brain development in babies is translated into practical applications to address child development through the toddler years as they explore the world around them. A strong focus is placed on the physical emotional health of the child and family, the powerful role of fathers and father figures, safety and nutrition, the needs of military families and their young children, and protective factors for strengthening families and preventing child abuse.

For more information, call (631) 585-3131.