The Head Start Family Day Care program began in 1997 and provides comprehensive child development and family services, which are the heart of the Head Start model, in a family day care setting for up to 82 very low-income children, ages 3 to 5, and their families. Our successful federally funded model adheres to the Creative Curriculum and to the same Head Start Performance Standards that regulate Center based sites.
Head Start programming provides comprehensive services, including education, health and nutritional services and supports to strengthen the entire family. Our Head Start providers are accredited by the National Association for Family Child Care, which accredits family child care programs based on high quality standards in education, health, and safety.
Nutritious meals and snacks are prepared and served in the homes. The bilingual Head Start teaching staff are employees of the CHCCC, which has provided a career ladder for some family day care providers.
Our Head Start program prepares some of the nation’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life beyond school. To achieve this, we deliver services to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being. We also engage parents as partners in every step of the way. The Head Start Policy Council, made up of representatives of the families whose children attend the program, are deeply involved in the management of the program. This full day program is free to families in the Cypress Hills community who meet Head Start income and family composition guidelines.
If you have questions concerning our Head Start program, please contact our Family and Community Partnership Manager Jessenia Chapin or our Family Worker Gloria Choez at (718) 235-3949. Enrollment Applications are available in English and in Spanish.