Head Start

Head Start

The Head Start Program is a federally funded school readiness pre-school program for economically disadvantaged families and their children between the ages of 3 and 5 which was established in St. Lawrence County in 1965.

Special needs children also participate in the program along with some over- income children with needs.  It is a comprehensive pre-school program providing education, health, mental health, nutrition, parent involvement and social services.  Busing is provided in the center-based option.

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Head Start is one of learning, sharing and caring (social-emotional).  Children learn about themselves and others.  They experience the world around them through play.  Children develop skills that will prepare them for kindergarten.  Parents are encouraged to take an active part in their child’s education while at the same time develop friendships with other parents.  A total of 351 children and families are served in the Center-Based and Home Based Programs.

View the Head Start Annual Report.

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.

These are the current locations of the Head Start Centers:

Brasher Head Start
c/o St. Lawrence Central Elementary School
Brasher Falls, NY 13613
315-389-5131

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
Massena

For further information about the Home Based Program, call 315-386-8574.

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