Today, Head Start of Rockland and its affiliated preschools and early childhood education centers in Rockland County, New York provide education and related services to nearly 1000 children and their families with a staff of 275 and innumerable volunteers. Programs include:
- Head Start & Early Head Start, federally authorized and funded preschool and early childhood education for low income children ages birth to five in Rockland County.
- Early Head Start Home Base, an integrated program that provides families with Early Head Start services in the home setting where the mother is pregnant or there are children under 3 years of age.
- Pre-School Special Education, New York State approved special education, evaluation, therapy and integrated classroom programming for preschool children at sites in Nyack, Haverstraw, and Spring Valley.
- Universal Pre-Kindergarten, pre-kindergarten education in collaboration with Clarkstown, East Ramapo, North Rockland and Nyack School Districts.
- Child Care, full year and full day classes.
- Adult Literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for both beginning and i Intermediate students, particularly for parents of children attending Head Start.
- Parent Groups, a means to give participating parents an opportunity for empowerment, self-governance and parenting education.
Head Start of Rockland family workers conduct extensive outreach and education among low income families of Rockland County in the communities we serve. Parent Groups meet monthly for updates on school readiness and programs, as well as other education and community issues. In addition, we operate food pantries in Haverstraw, Nyack, and Spring Valley that are available to all Rockland County residents.
Head Start Growth and Building
Head Start of Rockland has a tradition of building new and expanded preschool and early childhood education facilities to meet the needs of low income children and their families. Among its past construction and expansion successes are:
- Taking over an abandoned school building in Nyack and eventually adding a wing that today provides education and related services for 113 preschool children.
- Renovation of a small building in Haverstraw for Early Head Start Home Base and Head Start classes.
- Taking ownership of an abandoned and drug infested manufacturing plant on Maple Avenue in Haverstraw and renovating it to serve 145 preschool children.
- Development and construction of the Spring Valley Head Start at 25,000 square feet with 14 classrooms, two playgrounds, and a capacity for serving up to 210 children in the local community.