Early Head Start

The Child Center of NY offers a nationally accredited Early Head Start program for children prenatal to age three. The program provides continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women, and their families. Parenting education and the support of a positive parent-child relationship are integral to the program, as is a focus on supporting the whole child: their physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development. We also offer pediatric primary care services, both in-person and virtual, through partnerships with Northwell Health and Strong Children Wellness, and mental health services through our Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative.

Our services in Astoria, Corona, and Woodside are home based, and we offer a center-based classroom for 2-year-olds at our Escalera Early Head Start in Manhattan. All programs are designed to meet each family’s individual needs.

Please see our latest Head Start annual report for more information about our Early Head Start programs. All of our Early Head Start programs are free to eligible children.


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Apply for enrollment in any of our Early Head Start or Head Start programs.

No Matter What (ParentChild+ in the COVID-19 context)

  • Assistant Director: Stephanie Baez stephaniebaez@childcenterny.org
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Services provided: Home-based services for children prenatal to age 3
  • Special services: Group for pregnant women, mental health services, parenting classes, coordination of services for children with special needs, health and nutrition services. Early Head Start Astoria also features the ParentChild+ curriculum.
  • Admission criteria: Low-income children and their families residing in Astoria (zip codes: 11101, 11102 and 11106)
  • Languages spoken: Bengali, English, Spanish
Please read this Q&A with EHS Home Visitor Alondra Santiago to meet one of our staff members and see how they can make a difference in the life of your child.
  • Director: Telva Rivera telvarivera@childcenterny.org
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Services provided: Home-based services for children prenatal to age 3
  • Special services: Group for pregnant women, mental health services, parenting classes, coordination of services for children with special needs, health and nutrition services. This site also offers a center-based Head Start program for children ages 3-5. Early Head Start Corona also features the ParentChild+ curriculum.
  • This program has a unique collaboration with Northwell Health, New York's largest health care provider. Northwell physicians and residents provide free primary medical services on site at our center. Learn more in this blog post and in our 2019 Head Start annual report.
  • Admission criteria: Low-income children and their families residing in Corona
  • Languages spoken: English, Spanish

  • Program Director: Tracey Elting, traceyelting@childcenterny.org
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Special services: Program offers a 2-year-old classroom at our Escalera center. Mental health services, parenting classes, and health and nutrition services are available to all families. This site also offers a center-based Head Start program for children ages 3-5.
  • Admission Criteria: Low-income children who live in Manhattan; children with special needs are welcome
  • Ages accepted: 2-year-olds
  • Languages spoken: English, Spanish

  • Assistant Director: Karol Peralta Enriquez karolperaltaenriquez@childcenterny.org
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Services provided: Home-based services for children prenatal to age 3
  • Special services: Group for pregnant women, mental health services, parenting classes, coordination of services for children with special needs, health and nutrition services. Early Head Start Woodside also features the ParentChild+ curriculum.
  • This program has a unique collaboration with Northwell Health, New York's largest health care provider. Northwell pediatric residents supervised by physicians provide free medical support on site at our center.
  • Admission criteria: Low-income children and their families residing in Woodside
  • Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Bengali
Please read Jessica’s Story to see how Early Head Start made a difference in the lives of four children of a single mom in Queens.

*Our Woodside office is temporarily located at our Early Head Start Astoria location; we continue to serve the Woodside community.


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