Head Start

Involvement Opportunities for the Entire Family

Head Start is a Federal program for preschool children from low-income families.  Head Start provides preschool children with early learning experiences that are aimed at meeting their developmental, social, and physical needs prior to entering elementary school, and since the 2007 Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act, there is an emphasis placed on school readiness.  Children and their families participate in programming and activities that are geared toward ensuring that children enter kindergarten prepared for academic success.

Approach and Curriculum

Staff work closely with parents to develop and implement a curriculum which provides each child with opportunities for success, builds self-esteem, and creates positive attitudes toward learning. They offer a variety of developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities to foster a positive self-concept. Teachers know each child well and design activities based on their knowledge of individual children's differing abilities, developmental levels, and approaches to learning.

When daily programming is planned, attention is given to the following guidelines:

  • All children play outdoors daily, weather permitting.
  • The schedule allows time for alternating periods of quiet and active play.
  • A balance of large muscle and small muscle activity is provided.
  • More than one option for group activity (individual, small group, or large group) is available to children during the day.
  • The amount of time spent in staff-initiated, large group activity is limited.
  • Children have the opportunity to experience learning in other settings as a variety of field trips are taken throughout the school year.
  • Children have access to a great variety of materials each day, including creative art, blocks, dramatic play, sand, water, woodworking, language arts, books, music, cooking, movement, and the outdoors to enhance children's development in the areas of academic readiness, motor, self-help, social/emotional and health/nutrition.
  • Literacy is emphasized. A print-rich classroom environment is provided, full of exciting opportunities for learning, and many activities support pre-literacy skills.

Families considering the Head Start program are welcome to make an appointment to observe classroom activities to aid them in the decision-making process. Parents of children enrolled in the program are welcome to visit the classroom at any time during the school day.

For Enrollment Information or additional information, please contact the ERSEA Clerk (607) 723-8313, ext. 850.





Program Details

Head Start program information and information from the Office of Head Start.


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Program FAQ

Early Head Start provides comprehensive early childhood and family development services for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years old.  Head Start provides services for children 3 to 5 years old and full day UPK programs for 4 year olds is also available.

We service children living in Binghamton, Johnson City, Susquehanna School Districts (this includes children living in the Town of Binghamton, Port Dickinson, and Conklin) for our Broome County Program. Children living in Owego, Newark Valley, and Waverly School Districts may be eligible for our Tioga County Program.

You may contact the ERSEA Office at (607) 723-8313, ext. 850 for more information and an ERSEA staff member or Family Advocate will complete your income information during the pre-screening.

You can call the ERSEA Clerk at (607) 723-8313, ext. 850 for more information or for an application.