Head Start and Early Head Start


About Head Start and Early Head Start

JCEO’s Head Start programs provide comprehensive early-childhood education to income-eligible children and their families, from birth to age five, at no charge to families. Head Start programs combine parent involvement, education, health services, social services, and services to children with disabilities for a uniquely successful program. Head Start programs emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. All programs enrich the lives of children and their families by working with each family’s individual needs.

Early Head Start is provided for pregnant mothers, infants, and toddlers until age 3. JCEO’s Early Head Start program is home-based, meaning Early Head Start Home Visitors bring services into the comfort of your own home. Twice a month, all of the families receiving home visit get together for socializations which fosters children’s social and emotional growth, and friendships for the parents.

Head Start is for children ages 3 to 5, and their families. JCEO’s Head Start program is center and home-based. In the center-based option, children are in a classroom for a 6-hour day, Monday through Friday. Home visits are provided in the home-based option once a week for an hour and a half. Socializations are offered twice a month.



Head Start uses a comprehensive curriculum that recognizes children are individuals and develop differently. We focus on providing an educational environment that helps children become school ready. At Head Start, children develop skills to problem-solve and share. An emphasis is also placed on language, literacy, math, science, and physical development.

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Parent Involvement:

Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. Their active participation in the program is vital. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom, assist on field trips, and serve on Policy Council and Center Committees. Opportunities are available for parents to become employed within the program.



We work to make sure each child has an ongoing source of accessible health care. We ensure that children are on a schedule of age appropriate health care including, but not limited to, medical, dental, and mental health care. The Health Services team is available to connect families with local doctors, screen children for health concerns, establishes care plans, and inform families of resources in the community.



All children in center-based care receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Head Start aims to ensure children develop an understanding of the relationship between good nutrition and lifelong health. Nutrition assessment and counseling services are offered to parents of any child at nutritional risk, under the direction of a contracted Registered Dietitian.

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Children with Disabilities:

The Head Start program is designed to identify, evaluate needs, and work with community agencies to coordinate services for children with special needs and their families. Head Start fosters a positive environment where children with special needs can reach their full potential. Children with disabilities and their families receive the full range of Head Start services.

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Child, Family, and Community Services:

Head Start programs offer parents the opportunity to set and achieve individual and family goals. When parents and guardians feel good about themselves and their lives, they have more energy for parenting and to set good examples for their children. Whether it be going back to school, getting a better job, improving a housing situation, developing healthier habits, learning how to budget, or making other positive changes, Head Start will encourage and support families.



Franklin County Early Head Start

JCEO serves children birth to 3 and their families through home visiting. Early Head Start services are provided in the comfort of the families own home. Staff work with families with an early childhood education curriculum to help children develop, learn, and become school ready. 

Franklin County Head Start Centers

Malone I, II, and III Center*
19 Webster St.
Malone, NY 12953
(518) 483-7022

Tupper Lake Center
Holy Ghost Academy
40 Marion Drive
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
(518) 359-7180

Brushton Center*
Brushton Moira Central School
458 Route 7
Brushton, NY 12916
(518) 529-7342

*School district transportation may be provided for four year olds.

Clinton County Early Head Start

JCEO serves children in 1 home-based site. Home-based sites receive Early Head Start services in the comfort of their own home. Home visitors work with families and their children to learn and grow. Twice a month, children, families, and their home visitors get together for socializations. If interested please contact us

Clinton County Head Start Centers

Beekman Center
United Methodist Church
127 Beekman St.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 563-1110

Champlain Center
Three Steeples United Methodist Church
491 Rt. 11
Champlain, NY 12919
(518) 298-8547

Cumberland Head Center
Beekmantown Central School
1187 Cumberland Head Rd.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 563-5098

Keeseville Center
1908 Route 22
Keeseville, NY 12944
(518) 834-9418

Northern Adirondack Central (NAC) Center*
5574 Route 11
Ellenburg Depot, NY 12935
(518) 594-7732

Peru I, II, and Saranac Center
11 Big Hank Plaza Rd.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 561-1373

Plattsburgh City South Center
4917 South Catherine St.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 561-2757

*School district transportation may be provided for 4 year olds.

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