Head Start and Early Head Start offer a high-quality educational experience to income-eligible children in many 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.

Head Start Hours of Operation

8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Early Learn NYC programs, which are contracted with the city, offer subsidized child care for parents who reside in New York City. Parents who have been approved for Early Learn are offered spaces within our classroom for children who are two years old to five years old. To qualify for Early Learn child care subsidy case you must bring in the following documents and we can assist families with the application submission.

Documents needed for Early Learn

  • Birth Certificates for all children that are under the age of 18
  • One (1) proof of address within New York City
  • Social Security Cards for all children and adults in the household
  • One (1) State I.D or Benefit Card or Passport
  • If employed, three consecutive months work of paystubs reflecting at least 20 hours a week of employment
  • If enrolled in school, stop by the office to fill out the Vocational/Educational Training Verification form

Please note that all fees are based upon your family composition and estimated monthly gross income. Weekly fees are due regardless of how many days the agency is operating and without regard to your child’s attendance. Applicants receiving full H.R.A benefits (cash assistance, food stamps and medicaid) do not need to go through ACS, all you will need is the child care provider form.

For more information, email cfsinfo@edalliance.org or call 646-395-4488.

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 such as the following:

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.

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.

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 2016-2017