Head 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.
What do children do at Head Start?
Children get ready for kindergarten by learning to get along with others as they develop reading, language, and math skills.
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.
Infant and Toddler Rooms: Infants or toddlers participate in a variety of activities in a safe, nurturing NYS Daycare licensed room. Currently, we operate a toddler room at the Franklin Community Center in Saratoga and an infant 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). Family Educators work with parents to achieve goals they have set for their children and themselves.
What else do I need to know?
Head Start offers:
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.
Participation in program decision making through volunteer opportunities on Policy Council and Family Committees.
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, which are Ballston Spa, Clifton Park, Corinth, Galway, Mechanicville, Saratoga, Stillwater, Schuylerville, South Glens Falls, Burnt Hills, Ballston Lake and 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.
Poverty Guidelines 2014 for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia
Persons in Family
For families with more than 8 persons, add $4,060 for each additional person