HEAD START (AGES 3-5)
Head Start is a comprehensive, child development and school readiness program serving children ages 3 through 5
and their families. Since its inception in 1965, Head Start has promoted the healthy development of children
from low-income families, as well as provided inclusive service for children with special needs.
At SCHS, each child receives an individualized educational plan based on strengths and needs. Curriculum is
designed for each child helping to develop language and literacy, problem solving and socialization skills.
Children participate in activities that support language, math, science, art, drama and culture.
EARLY HEAD START (BIRTH-THREE)
Early Head Start is a foundational school readiness program that begins in pregnancy and continue through
the first three years. For infants and toddlers, this is built around opportunities to explore and have
experiences that are supported by nurturing relationships. The mission is to promote healthy prenatal
outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children and promote healthy family
SCHS has developed school readiness goals for children birth to 3 years old. These goals were developed
around the essential domains of the Early Learning Framework and have been aligned to the New York State
Infant/Toddler Learning Foundations.
SERVICES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
SCHS serves pregnant women and their families in a variety of service delivery models and in diverse settings.
A healthy pregnancy has a direct influence on the health and development of a newborn child and the prenatal
period of growth and development has a lasting impact on the child's potential for healthy growth and
development after birth. Our prenatal program strives to have the greatest impact on participating children by
offering supportive services as early in life as possible.
SCHS Early Head Start program provides prenatal information through classes, support groups, and home
visits. Early, continuous support services provide the best opportunity for supportive postpartum care for the
parents and child and nurturing and responsive care during infancy.
The Children Center program is a unique drop-in center located in the Sullivan County Family Court building in
Monticello that provides a safe, comfortable and nurturing place to leave your child/children while attending to
court business. Information and access to vital services in your area can also be attained at the Children's
Center. This is a limited service for only as long as the parent is involved in court. There is no pre-registering-
just register upon arrival before proceeding to court. The center provides
Childcare services Free while in court or probation
Care for children 6 weeks to 12 years
Maximum capacity of 8 children
Care provided by trained staff and volunteers