Federally-funded head start programs help prepare young children from low-income families, ages birth to five years old, and their parents for the social and educational challenges that young children face as they develop. Each head start program focuses on providing comprehensive services designed to enhance a child's emotional, social, cultural, language, reading, mathematics, science, health and nutrition education.
This head start center locator page contains links to listings of programs offered in the 21 counties in the state of New Jersey. Each listings page contains the name, address and contact information for a specific county's available centers. From that page, use additional links to explore individual center facts, application instructions and directions.
Our head start center locator features the number of head start centers per county in parentheses ( ) to the right of the county names. To see a current list of your county's head start centers, click your county's name.
Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness for low income families for children ages 3 to age 5 including children with special needs. It is a comprehensive program that offers educational, nutritional, health, social, and family support services. Its mission is to enhance the children's cognitive, social, and emotional development.
These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and provide services to 501 low-income infants, toddlers, pre-school children and their families. All classrooms run from 8:45 am to 3:45 pm, Head Start from September through June, Early Head Start for 12 months. Enrolled children receive a full range of educational, medical, nutritional and social services. The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are free, and each family must demonstrate financial eligibility before being admitted. Parent involvement is highly stressed; it is expected that all parents take an active part in their child's education.
Head Start specializes in comprehensive health, educational, nutritional, social and other services for eligible low income families with children ages 3 to 5. The program maximizes the strengths and unique experiences of each child. The family, which is the principal influence on the child's development, directly participates in the program. Children with disabilities participate with all children in program activities and receive special services as required.
A Head Start program for low-income children ages three to five years throughout all of Passaic County (excluding Paterson and Passaic City) with an emphasis on school readiness and child outcomes. Our Head Start program includes both the center-based option and combination option. Children enrolled in the center-based option attend classroom sessions either 4 or 5 days per week while children attending the combination option attend classroom sessions twice per week along with bi-weekly home visits conducted by a home visitor.
Our Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve children from birth to age 5 and their low-income families by supplying them with a range of educational, health, nutrition and family support services to help them succeed in life. At the Head Start Community Program of Morris County, Inc. 237 children as well as pregnant women, and families are enrolled in 15 classrooms and a Home-Based Program. Our programs include 22 disabled children and more than 200 bilingual children. We have three sites: the main school building in Dover, and classrooms inside the Morris View Health Center in Morristown and the United Jewish Communities of Metro West NJ in Whippany.
Jersey City Child Development Centers, Inc. (Project Head Start) is a federally funded program for pre-school children from low income families. The program has been serving children since 1965 until the present, covering a more than 35 year span of time. Jersey City Head Start is a part of the National Head Start Programs which are operated in almost every county in the country with the inclusion of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Head Start is a Family Development Program which is designed to meet the basic needs of individual children and families.
Head Start is a federally funded pre-school program, established in 1965 as a result of the “War on Poverty.” This nationwide program serves low income children and families 3 to 5 years of age and provides the following services: education, health, nutrition, social services, services to children with special needs and parent services. Our MCDC Head Start services are provided free to qualified children and families who live in Bloomfield, Orange, Montclair and West Orange.
NPC is funded to serve 2504Head Start age and income eligible preschool children and their families. These children are served in 40 Centers and offer several program models in order to meet family needs.
Comprehensive Preschool Program
Free, full-day, part-day or a home-based preschool program.
Caring, supportive and highly qualified staff.
Opportunities for parents toparticipate in program planning.
Health professionals that can offerguidance to parents in providingfor all the necessary needs of children.
Inclusive educational services for childrenwith disabilities.
Parenting classes and an opportunity to discuss common concerns such as childdiscipline, child growth and development.
Developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum.
Head Start is a comprehensive pre-school program for low-income 3-5 year olds. Eligibility is based on income guidelines from the federal government. To be eligible your family income must be 100% or below on the Income Guidelines chart. The program provides services in five major areas: Education, Health, Social Services, Parent Involvement, and Special Needs.