Early Head Start

Helping the children of Chenango County get ahead

About the Program

A federally funded program for preschool children ages 0-3 years and their families

Chenango County Early Head Start is a federally funded and locally operated program for pregnant women and children ages birth to three. Families are served by weekly home based visits and in a combination option with classroom experience. Activities are planned that encourage parents to observe and celebrate the developmental growth of their child. The program also provides two group experiences monthly for enrolled families.

Early Head Start believes that children are natural learners, and parents are their first teachers. By working together, parents and Early Head Start Home Visitors can provide activities and other experiences that encourage the natural development of each child including school-readiness skills. The program utilizes materials from the home whenever possible and promotes the home as a natural classroom.

Early Head Start also believes that a child's learning and development involves the whole family. Staff are ready to support families with resources and information on health, nutrition and social services, as well as child development. We encourage parents to become involved in all aspects of Early Head Start, including decisions about the program itself. Training and information on a variety of topics is also offered to parents.

Early Head Start provides or refers families for services to meet each child's developmental needs, including individualized activities developed with input from parents, medical providers and other agencies. Staff work closely with families and other agencies to identify and monitor potential disabilities. Early Head Start also serves as a transitional step into the Head Start program.

For more information, contact us via phone at (607) 334-7114.

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