Early Childhood Services

Head Start / Early Learn

Head Start / Early Learn

The SIMHS’s three full-service Head Start/Early Learn Centers and the Dongan Hills Head Start/DOE Universal Pre-Kindergarten site serve more than 300 children (at any one time) between the ages of 3 and 5 each year. Pre-K is offered at each Head Start center.

To be eligible for Head Start, a family’s income must meet federal guidelines. There are no fees or tuition, and free transportation is provided.

The nationally acclaimed, award-winning curriculum focuses on school readiness, and gives each child learning and playing experiences that prepare him or her for school, academically, emotionally, and socially. Bi-lingual teachers assist children for whom English is a second language. Children are also provided with a wide range of health and social services.

To support children in the development of skills critical to their future school success, New York State-certified teachers and trained assistant teachers work with parents to develop individual educational plans that advance their child’s readiness in all areas of cognitive development including language and literacy, math, science, critical thinking, and social living. Each child’s social and emotional development, health and nutrition, are also areas of focus. Parents receive detailed reports of their child’s progress three times during the school year.

In collaboration with the Society’s Elizabeth W. Pouch Center for Special People, the Integrated Preschool Classroom at the  Osgood Avenue Head Start Center provides educational and therapeutic supports to children with special needs who share a classroom with their mainstream peers.

Head Start parents receive a wide variety of important child development and support services including family skills workshops, health education, social services, and job development through New York City’s Work Experience Program. A partnership with the College of Staten Island offers parents adult education and English as a Second Language classes at the Kingsley and Osgood Head Start Centers.

Head Start/Early Learn Centers
Roseann Catania, MS,  Director and Vice President, Early Childhood Services

Dongan Hills Head Start/
DOE Universal Pre-Kindergarten Center
Kingsley Head Start/Early Learn Center
44 Dongan Hills Avenue 10 Kingsley Place (New Brighton)
Staten Island, NY 10306 Staten Island, NY 10301
Tel: 718-987-7755 Tel: 718-442-6680

Osgood Head Start/Early Learn Center


Port Richmond Day Nursery
 Head Start/Early Learn Center

16 Osgood Avenue (Stapleton) 166 Lockman Avenue (Mariners Harbor)
Staten Island, NY 10304 Staten Island, NY 10303
Tel: 718-420-6138 Tel: 718-494-0400