Early Childhood

Long-term goals, long-term learning for our children

Social development. Emotional development. Developing a love of learning.  To us, they’re all vital. Our early childhood education programs work to narrow the achievement gap, create opportunities for young learners in our communities, and ensure that every child is prepared for kindergarten and beyond. 

We begin partnering with families early in a child’s life. Our programs for children include early childhood mental health counseling, center-based early childhood centers with EarlyLearn, Pre-K, Head Start,  and Early Head Start, 

In addition to programs for children, we engage expecting mothers and parents with parenting skills workshops, counseling, and network development.

All programs are responsive to the needs of children and families. We are dedicated to teaching and caring for children with different learning approaches, including children with special needs. We integrate mental health screening and care for children and parents, knowing that this investment makes a big difference in young lives. Our staff reflects the diversity of our communities and speak a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin. 

Families access our programs in a variety of contexts, including programs for expecting mothers, early childhood centers for children ages 2-5, evidence-based home visiting programs for children ages birth-4, and a family childcare network engaging children in home-based settings and serving Manhattan and Brooklyn residents. 

Across our early childhood programs we strive to partner with families to help build strong educational and social-emotional foundations, strengthening our community’s future. 

HEALTHY FAMILIES

One-on-one support in your home, with helpful information & activities related to child development, positive and nurturing parent-child relationships, and child & family health.

CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

For young children, relationships with parents and primary caregivers form the basis for future learning, development, and social-emotional well-being.

EARLY HEAD START

Delivering comprehensive child development and family support services. Free for infants and toddlers in eligible families and for pregnant women and their families.

FAMILY CHILD CARE

Full-day educational care for children ranging from infants to 4 year-olds, led by licensed providers in their homes.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER AT 184 ELDRIDGE

A range of educational and childcare options for children aged 2-4, in the heart of the Lower East Side.

CREATIVE STEPS EARLY CARE & EDUCATION CENTER

Discovery, exploration, and creativity in Greenwich Village. Because children learn best through play.

CHILDREN'S CORNER

Building foundations for lifelong learning with children 1-5 in East New York.

Park Slope North Early Childhood Center

More than just childcare, early education where children learn through being loved.

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