Head Start

Head Start

The Head Start Program is a federally funded comprehensive school readiness program for children between 3 and 5 years of age. Head Start has experienced, certified, teachers who provide a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for children, including children with special needs. Head Start children will acquire skills in math, science, literacy, language, social/emotional, physical health and development. Through play, children learn to express their thoughts, feelings, increase self-confidence, and have positive relationships with others.

There are full day and part day classrooms as well as home-based services that give children the opportunity to gain social and emotional skills through play. Home-based services provide the same quality services as those provided in the classroom, offering school readiness for children, with the only difference being the learning environment is in the home. Trained home-based visitors provide weekly learning experiences for children. Group experiences are held twice a month for socialization with peers; these experiences are modeled after a typical classroom day at centers.

Transportation is provided to and from Head Start in agency owned DOT inspected buses with monitors and equipped with five-point safety restraints. Children that attend centers are served breakfast and lunch and children in home-based programming are served a snack. Children receive screenings including a growth and developmental screening, vision and hearing, and a speech evaluation. Families receive assistance in obtaining needed community services.

Head Start offers the unique opportunity for parents and caregivers to become involved in their child’s education from the very beginning. We encourage parents to tell us about their child, volunteer to participate in classroom activities, and help make decisions for the program to enhance their child’s Head Start experience. Parents can be provided with information on community resources from the staff, and help identify family strengths, interests, and goals. Parents also have the opportunity to learn leadership skills, effective parenting tips, and to participate in volunteer experiences that can be added to resumes.

A total of 351 children and families are served in the Center-Based and Home Based Programs.

Head Start is currently seeking new children for enrollment CLICK HERE

For more information contact – Head Start Director:  Barbara Adams  Phone: (315) 386-8574

Fax: (315) 386-1865

Email: hsdir@slccdp.org

There are 8 Head Start Centers with 14 classrooms in St. Lawrence County.

Current Head Start Center Locations:

Brasher Head Start: c/o St. Lawrence Central Elementary School, Brasher Falls, NY 13613 (315) 389-5131 ext 29361 (office) or ext 29348 (classroom)

Canton Head Start: 8 Judson St. Canton, NY 13617 (315) 386-3118

Gouverneur Head Start: 22 Church St. Gouverneur, NY 13642 (315) 287-1650

Massena Head Start: 41 W. Orvis St. Massena, NY 13662 (315) 769-0925

Norwood Head Start: 22 Main St. Norwood, NY 13668 (315) 353-2021

Ogdensburg Head Start: c/o Kennedy Elementary School 801 Park St. Ogdensburg, NY 13669 (315) 393-9244

Parishville Head Start: c/o Parishville Elementary School, School St. Parishville, NY 13672 (315) 265-1879

Potsdam Head Start: 1/2 Lawrence Ave. Potsdam, NY 13676 (315) 265-6710

The Home Based Program is a home pre-school program for parents and children that includes group times for socialization.  It is built on the premise that a parent is a child’s teacher for the first years of a child’s life. Eligible children that are three and four years old –depending on the area– are served along with their families in their own home.  The children receive all the services that center-based children receive, but in their homes.  The three year olds have the opportunity to transition into centers if they live in an area served by a center for a second year of Head Start.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to receive one-on-one services as a three year old and then as a four year old have daily group socialization before transitioning to the school district for kindergarten.The following areas are served by the home based program, but this can vary from year to year:
Brasher Falls                                         Morristown
Canton                                                    Norwood
Gouverneur                                          Ogdensburg
Hammond                                              Potsdam
For further information about the Home Based Program, call 315-386-8574.