Head Start and Early Head Start

headstartHead Start and Early Head Start are FREE federally funded programs for low-income pregnant women and children birth to age 5. Saratoga County EOC Head Start serves 434 children and pregnant women throughout Saratoga County.  Children get ready for kindergarten through developing skills with reading, language, math, and socialization.

How are services delivered?

Preschool classrooms:  3- and 4-year-old children participate in full-day NYS daycare licensed classrooms including integrated classrooms for children with special needs and UPK classrooms for children who will be attending kindergarten in the next year.  Many classrooms are open during the summer.

Toddler Rooms:  Toddlers participate in a variety of activities in a safe, nurturing NYS daycare licensed room.  Currently, we operate a toddler room at Saratoga Springs High School.

Home-based services: Parents and children participate in weekly home visits and regularly scheduled group activities called PACT’s (Parents and Children Together).  Home visitors work with parents to achieve goals they have set for their children and themselves.

What are eligibility requirements?

  • Family income must be at or below federal poverty guidelines.*
  • Families must consist of a pregnant woman and/or children from birth to age 5.
  • Families must live in one of our serving areas within Saratoga County*:
    • Ballston Spa
    • Ballston Lake
    • Burnt Hills
    • Clifton Park
    • Corinth
    • Galway
    • Mechanicville
    • Saratoga
    • Schuylerville
    • Stillwater
    • South Glens Falls
    • Waterford
      *Serving areas follow local school district boundaries.

*10% of children may be over-income, but have special needs/circumstances that affect their well-being.

Services include:

  • Medical, dental, health, developmental and behavioral screenings for all children
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Disability services for children
  • Parenting support, adult education workshops and referrals to community resources
  • Limited transportation services to parents and children
  • Volunteer and employment opportunities for parents
  • Parents make program decisions through Policy Council and Family Committees
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