The Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, Inc., a community action agency, through collaboration and partnership, empowers income-eligible families to gain the knowledge, skills and resources to improve the quality of their lives.

In pursuit of this mission, the EOC will:

•  Advocate on clients behalf to provide more opportunities and fewer barriers.

•  Provide educational and economic resources to increase client self-sufficiency.

•  Help reduce the causes and effects of poverty.

•  Foster citizen participation to initiate programs and improve existing services based      

    upon local community needs

HEAD START - Child Development Program

Rev. Anita L. Shiver Kennedy

Head Start Deputy Executive Director

Head Start Locations

Eastern Nassau Head Start

1309 Wantagh Avenue

Wantagh, NY 11793

Tel. (516) 221-0871

Fax (516) 781-0474

Site Supervisor - Fastine Skinner

fskinner@eoc-nassau.org

Five Towns Head Start

270 Lawrence Avenue

Lawrence, NY 11559

Tel. (516) 239-6244

Fax (516) 239-9246

Site Supervisor - Felicia Grandy-Miller

fgrandy@fivetownsmail.org

Freeport Head Start

74 N. Main Street

Freeport, NY 11520

Tel. (516) 546-8251

Fax (516) 546-8255

Site Supervisor - Tiffani Frazier

tfrazier@eoc-nassau.org

Hempstead Head Start

65 Dartmouth Street

Hempstead, NY 11550

Tel. (516) 538-8292

Fax (516) 478-6741

Site Supervisor - Yvette Wright

Long Beach Head Start

1 E. Pine Street

Long Beach, NY 11561

Tel. (516) 544-4051

Fax (516) 544-4054

Site Supervisor - Cagney Wilson

cwilson@eoc-nassau.org

Rockville Centre Head Start

150 N. Centre Avenue

Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Tel. (516) 536-4811

Fax (516) 594-1370

Site Supervisor - Genell Graham

ggraham@eoc-nassau.org

Roosevelt Head Start

281 Babylon Turnpike

Roosevelt, NY 11575

Tel. (516) 378-5961

Fax (516) 868-9413

Site Supervisor - Marie Davis

mdavis@eoc-nassau.org

Westbury Head Start

163 Hopper Street

Westbury, NY 11590

Tel. (516) 334-3839

Fax (516) 334-3829

Site Supervisor - Novella Dortch-Smith

ndortch@eoc-nassau.org

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History

Established by Congress in 1965, Head Start is a federally funded educational program designed to meet the needs of low-income children and their families. Based on strong evidence from research and practice, Head Start’s positive track record demonstrates that young children involved in quality early childhood programs are substantially more successful in both school and home environments. Head Start is the only National program of its kind that utilizes a comprehensive services approach to early childhood education.

 

The Head Start Early Childhood Development Program offers a variety of services to preschoolers three to five years old and their families. They provide children with a place to learn through play. Trained personnel supervise the classes of 16 to 17 children. The program consists of activities in art, language, math and science in a friendly, warm atmosphere. Nutrition, health, social services, and psychological/speech therapy services are provided. Children with disabilities are welcomed at our programs. Federal income guidelines establish eligibility. The centers are open year around and full day except on legal holidays.

Family & Community Partnerships

The Head Start approach actively involves parents in the program. This is done through:

  • Membership on the Policy Council, which governs the program. Home visits by the Head Start Staff that provide opportunities for parents and staff to learn more about each other and strengthen the home-school connection.

  • Opportunities for volunteering in the classroom on a regular basis, which fosters an understanding of a child’s day to day learning experiences.

  • Parent education and program activities are planned with parental input and made available to all Head Start parents. Head Start programs also link families to community resourced and services. Some examples are:

    • Parent education programs

    • Job training and employment opportunities

    • English As A Second Language Instruction (ESL)

    • General Equivalency Diploma Instruction (GED)

    • Emergency Assistance and Crisis Intervention

Program Design and Management

Head Start promotes the development of excellence in program management as the primary support for quality services provided to young children and their families. Programs are required to establish management systems and procedures that are effective for both short and long term success. The implementation of Head Start legislation, regulations, and policies is over seen by:

  • A Policy Group which represents Head Start parents and the community.

  • Governing bodies which include representatives from Head Start programs and the community.

Head Start Program Performance Standards

TThese standards evolved from the application of research and effective education approaches from quality early childhood programs. Based on evidence from this research, the program standards guide the operation of all Head Start programs. By adhering to these standards, Head Start programs can ensure early childhood program quality.

Early Childhood Development & Health Services

Head Start is designed to meet the individual needs of each child. Classroom materials, activities and practice reflect this in two major ways:

  • The program curriculum offers a variety of learning experiences which promotes optimum intellectual, social, emotional, physical growth and development.

  • A variety of teaching techniques are used in Head Start classrooms and teacher’s lesson plans for flexibility in the program day.

Preventive health services are central to Head Start’s comprehensive array of supports. Early identification of health-related needs ensure that each child receives medical, dental, mental health and disabilities services if needed.

Inclusive Care and Education

A growing body of evidence from research is demonstrating the benefits that young children with disabilities can gain from service delivery in quality education programs in inclusive environments.
Head Start provides children with disabilities with a full range of necessary special education services in an inclusive setting. Service providers work with Head Start children in the areas of:

  • Speech and Language

  • Occupational and Physical Therapy

  • Special Education

  • Psychological/Mental Health

Collaboration

Head Start programs strive to provide a broad continuum of services to meet the needs of all their children and families. Head Start programs partner with other early childhood agencies to create options and resources for families in need. These collaborations include: Family Literacy, Mental Health, Health Care and English As A Second Language

Child Development

Programs Offer:

  • Extended year services

  • Transportation (Provided for eligible children)

Job Training and Employment Opportunities

Head Start parents are assisted with job training opportunities within the program and within the community. Head Start parents very often become staff.

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