Early Head Start

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Our Early Head Start Program aims to help parents become the first teachers in their child’s life by developing a natural classroom setting at home with activities that encourage natural development and build school-readiness skills.

What is it?

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. Activities are planned that encourage parents to observe and celebrate their child's developmental growth. The program also provides two group experiences monthly for enrolled families and has center-based programming for children 18 - 36 months. This is a five-day-a-week, 6 hours a day, full-year program.

Who is it for?

For pregnant women and children ages birth to 3 year olds.

How does this benefit you?

Activities for Children

  • Enjoy safe and licensed facilities
  • Be part of a high-quality early childhood education program and learn important skills
  • Attain school readiness and early literacy development
  • Gain exposure to literature, both fiction and non-fiction
  • Learn math skills, science lessons, and discovery
  • Develop social skills and self-help skills
  • Engage in large motor and fine motor activities
  • Enjoy music, dance, and art
  • Get developmental and health screenings/assessments
  • Receive nutritious meals daily in center-based classrooms

Activities for Parents:

  • Participate in activities and workshops for parents
  • Engage in regular opportunities to volunteer for parents
  • Get the support in the learning journey of raising your child

Additional Benefits

In addition, our Early Head Start program offers resources and information on health, nutrition, social services, and 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 are also offered to parents.

Also, our program 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. Our staff works 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.

Contact Information

For information please contact Greater Opportunities at 607-334-7114.

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