Head Start and Early Head Start offer a high-quality educational experience to income-eligible children in several locations on the Lower East Side and in the East Village.  Our Head Start programs supplement academic learning with opportunities for children to express and develop their creativity, learn about health and wellness, and explore their community.  Families receive support with employment and social services.  Eligibility is based on Head Start guidelines.

Head Start serves children ages 2.9 to 5.  Early Head Start serves children from birth to 3 years including pregnant moms.

For general inquiries, email cfsinfo@edalliance.org


Hours of Operation

Early Head Start:
Center-based: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Home-based: By appointment once a week
Prenatal: By appointment once a week

Head Start: 
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with limited extended day slots

Early Learn: 
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Our 2Generation program is the first of its kind in New York City. This program is designed to strengthen family functioning, enhance family financial stability, help parents overcome obstacles to furthering their education, and inform parents about education options as their children progress in school. We simultaneously provide high-quality early childhood education while also offering caregivers with educational programming opportunities.

For general inquiries about 2Gen, please contact Sandra Trujillo:

Contact: Sandra Trujillo
Senior Director of 2Gen


Adult Education and Career Pathway

Partnering with NYU and CUNY we developed a partnership that provides low-income parents of children enrolled in our Early Childhood Programs with adult education. Classes include Pre-High School Equivalency prep, High School Equivalency prep, College prep, and ESOL. This program provides guidance leading to higher educational opportunities and enhanced financial security.

  • To learn more about our Career Services Success click here.
  • High School Equivalency schedule click here.
  • ESOL schedule click here.


Contact: Croilot Semexan
Program Coordinator-College Advisor, Children and Family Services


Family Well-Being Pathway

We provide caregivers the opportunity to develop their parenting skills through workshops and support groups. Participants work with Family Mentors to develop individualized family goals. Caregiver support groups are available and offered throughout the school year.


Contact: Adriana Delgado
Parenting Programs Manager



Community Engagement Pathway

Through the 2Generation program, caregivers are able to participate first-hand in their child’s education through our Parent Policy Council. Governance training is provided to help you learn how to fully participate and advocate for your child’s education and the needs of your community. 


This program receives financial support from the New York State Education Department, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.


Read the Educational Alliance Head Start Annual Report 2017-2018