THE SUSAN PATRICOF
HEAD START CENTER
Northside Center for Child Development’s
Susan Patricof Head Start Center
302 East 111th Street
New York, NY 10029
Phone (646) 351-1300
Fax: (646) 351-1398/99
Hours of Operation for Children:
8:00 am to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Program is Open all Year Round
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2010-2011 Annual Report
Northside’s Susan Patricof Head Start/Early Head Start Center provides early childhood education services to over 200 children and their families in the East and Central Harlem Community.
The Head Start Center is a comprehensive early childhood development program for pregnant families and children (ages 0 to 5) who are living in low-income households. Head Start services are responsive to each child’s and family’s developmental strengths and challenges and reflect the rich ethnic cultural, and linguistic heritages present in the diverse neighborhoods we serve.
The Northside Susan Patricof Head Start and Therapeutic Early Childhood Program work closely together to coordinate services for children with special needs and their families. The Susan Patricof Head Start also works closely with other providers. The program provides assistance, information and resources to families to assist them in becoming advocates for themselves and for their children with special needs.
The Head Start Program
The basic underlying philosophy of the Head Start program is to benefit children through quality early childhood experiences and effective intervention which can best be accomplished through high quality comprehensive services to children. Head Start understands that children live in the context of their families and communities; therefore, family services and community involvement are critical to an effective model of services.
The Susan Patricof Head Start Program is funded to serve 102 preschool age children in a child friendly classroom environment. Head Start children benefit greatly from a variety of education activities, nutritional meals, health monitoring, and outdoor activities in a safe licensed environment. Six full time classrooms provide 102 children ages three to five with child development education in a child-centered environment at the Susan Patricof Head Start Center. In addition, 24-pre-school age children are enrolled through a partnership with the Therapeutic Early Childhood Center at Northside Center for Child Development.
Since September 2008 the Susan Patricof Head Start Center obtained additional funding through a partnership between ACS and DOE Intra-city UPK to enhance the early childhood curriculum in the areas of mathematic, literacy and science to 24 four year olds enrolled in the city HS funded classrooms.
The Early Head Start Program
The mission of the Early Head Start program is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. EHS was created by the U.S. congress in the reauthorization of the Head Start Act in 1994 following the increased awareness of the importance of early brain development and the potential to make a lifelong impact on children who receive services in their most formative early years. Early Head Start offers a full array of Head Start services to children ad families based on the understanding of best practices for infants and toddlers. Early Head Start services are provided at two sites; the Susan Patricof Head Start Center and through a collaboration with a local mother/child residential treatment center. The treatment program is for dually diagnosed (MICA) women and one of their children under the age of three.
The Susan Patricof Early Head Start Program offers two options of service: home-based and center-based. Families choose to enroll in either component depending on the family needs.
The home-based program is funded to serve 28 families with children birth to three and 12-pregnant families. Home Visitors provide weekly visits in the family’s home to work with parents in fostering the relationship between the parent and child through guided interactions and activities. Biweekly socialization events are offered at the Center for children and parents to interact in a child-centered environment. Services to pregnant women encourage early access to prenatal and postpartum care as well as opportunities to access parenting education and information on fetal and child development.
Center Based Program
The Early Head Start Program serves 40 children in the center-based program. Three classrooms at the Susan Patricof Head Start Center and two at a local collaboration site provide comprehensive child development services to toddlers ages twelve to thirty six months. Early Head Start center-based services are designed to foster positive attachments between very young children and consistent responsive caregivers based on the recognition that these relationships are of critical importance to the healthy development of very young children.
Head Start is a family-centered program based on the belief that parents are the principal influence on their children’s development. Services are designed to foster the parent’s role as children’s primary educators, nurturers, and advocates. At the same time, the program partners with the parents to assist them to identify and accomplish their own personal and family goals. Guidance and referrals are provided to parents interested in obtaining their high school diploma (GED), enrolling in ESL classes and other education opportunities are provided. The HS program also offers classes to parents in areas such as: child development, health, and nutrition. Parents are also encouraged to become involved in all aspects of the program including direct involvement in policy and program decision.
For additional information, please contact us at
(646) 351-1300 or visit our center located at
302 E.111th St. between 1st and 2nd Avenues.