Early Head Start
Early Head Start is a Federal Program that promotes healthy prenatal outcomes, enhances the development of infants and toddlers, and promotes healthy family function.
Head Start offers educational programs for children age 3 to 5 and a wide variety of opportunities and support services for their families. The Administration for Children's Services (ACS) sponsors Head Start centers in New York City. There are no fees for Head Start.
- Parent participation includes job training; counseling; housing assistance; emergency care and crisis intervention; and classes in reading, parenting and health
- Head Start Eligibility: Families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold are eligible for Head Start. In certain situations, families with incomes above the poverty line may be able to receive Head Start services if they meet other criteria determined by the individual Head Start Program.
- Locating a Head Start Program: Interested families should call 311 for details regarding Head Start and to find nearby Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium centers.
Universal Pre-Kindergarten or "Pre-K"
Universal Pre-K is a comprehensive early childhood education for four year olds in public schools and community based early childhood programs. There are no eligibility requirements or fees.
Learn more about how to apply for and locate a Pre-K program
Private/Parochial Pre-K Nursery School