What We Do

At Project Social Care Head Start, we strive to promote school readiness for children from birth to five years old by supporting their academic, social, and emotional development. We firmly believe that all children have the ability to succeed. Each of our classrooms offer a safe and nurturing learning environment, where every child is provided with individualized and comprehensive services as mandated by the Office of Head Start. Project Social Care Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. We build relations with families that help support overall well-being and community engagement.

Why Choose Project Social Care?

  • Our personalized application procedure allows our trained staff to assist in navigating the enrollment process with a hands-on approach.
  • Our program ensures continuity of care from ages birth through five.
  • We offer extended hours to help accommodate your busy schedule.
  • We are staffed by qualified Early Childhood Development specialists.
  • Our programs and services have no co-pays and are free.

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How can I enroll my child in a Head Start or Early Head Start program?

  • There are several ways to submit an application for your child to enroll in our programs.  For our Head Start program, you may call our office to have an application mailed to you or stop by one of our locations to pick up an application. For our Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships, we ask that you contact the Family Worker at the location nearest you for assistance in the enrollment process.
  • For a list of our locations and more information on how to enroll your child, please visit our Enrollment page (link to Enrollment here).
  • If you just want more information, you can complete the inquiry form online and we will reply to your request as soon as possible.

Is there anything I need to do if my child is placed on a waitlist?

No, your child will remain on the waitlist until a vacancy is available.

How old does my child have to be to get into Head Start or Early Head Start program?

To qualify for the Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships program, your child must be between the ages of 0 and 3 years old. To qualify for Head Start, your child must be between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. Children must turn 3 on or before December 31st of the current school year in order to be eligible.

Does my child have to be potty trained?

No, our program does not require children to be potty trained.

How much does the program cost?

Head Start/Early Head Start is free of charge.

Can I stay in the classroom with my child?

Yes, parents are always welcome and encouraged to volunteer in their child’s classroom.

Does my child need a current physical or dental examination to apply?

No, an examination is not needed to apply, but is required before a child can be enrolled. We will work with you to set up a physical examination and/or dental appointment.


What training do the teachers have?

Teaching staff have a variety of experiences and educational backgrounds ranging from an Associate Degree to a Bachelor’s Degree as well as a Graduate Degree with coursework related to Early Childhood Education.  Assistant teachers have a minimum of a Child Development Certificate (CDA).

Is my child eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start?

To determine if your child is eligible for Early Head Start or Head Start programs, please review the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government.

Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are categorically eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of income.

How do I find a Head Start Program near me?

  • If you need help finding a Head Start program in your area, please use our Map (link to Enrollment). If you need to speak with a representative regarding enrollment, please call us at 718-871-3100 Ext 301.
  • For questions related to Early Head Start, please contact the Family Worker at your local center.
  • For more resources, call Head Start Information and Communications Center toll-free at 1-866-763-6481, or you may use the online national Head Start Program Locator Tool at http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices.

Are children in foster care eligible for Head Start?

Children in foster care are Head Start eligible, regardless of family income.

Does Head Start accept children with disabilities or special needs?

Yes, according to the Head Start Act of 2007, PSCHS is required to have no less than 10% of children with disabilities in its Head Start program.

What if my income level Is higher than the Poverty Guidelines?

Head Start programs may enroll up to 10% of children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Programs may also serve up to an additional 35% of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines, but below 130% of the poverty line if the program can ensure that certain conditions of the Head Start Act have been met.

What are the other options if my child is ineligible for Head Start?

If you are ineligible for Head Start, the Child Care Aware program can help you in locating other childcare services in your community. To find the local child care resource and referral agency, please contact Child Care Aware toll-free at 800-424-2246 or http://www.childcareaware.org/.

How can I get involved with Head Start?

Project Social Care always gladly welcomes volunteers. By becoming a volunteer, you can help in the classroom and on field trips, assist in renovating centers, and support parent education. Your volunteer experience may later qualify you for training which can help you find employment in the child care field. For information about volunteering please visit our How to Get Involved page.



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