Head Start

Hudson Valley





Head Start is a federally funded preschool program serving low-income children and children with disabilities. Head Start is free to children who qualify. There are two program options:


Special Services:

Special Class Integrated Setting (SCIS) – Provides Special Education services within a 5-hour, 5-day a week, Head Start integrated classroom.
Available at: Mt. Alvernia, Beacon, Wingdale, and Poughkeepsie


1:8:2 – This is a 5-hour, 5 day a week program in a self-contained classroom.
Available at Beacon and Poughkeepsie locations


12:1:2 – This is a 5 hour, 5 day a week program in a self-contained classroom.
Available at Beacon location


Therapeutic Preschool – Designed for children with significant needs in social and emotional skills.  Integration of education and clinical models. 5-hours, 5 day a week program.
Available at Poughkeepsie location


Bright Steps Toddler Room – Provides Early Intervention services within a 6.5 hour, 5 day a week Early Head Start integrated classroom. 
Available at Mt. Alvernia locations


To Participate: 

Eligibility is generally based on family income at or below the poverty level according to the Poverty Guidelines (guidelines are updated yearly) published by the federal government. Children in foster care, children experiencing homelessness, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI only) are eligible regardless of income.

Documentation needed:

To apply, contact your nearest center:

29 Willow Street
Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 838-9904

50 Delafield Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 452-7726

* Home-Based Service
(845) 452-4167

Mt. Alvernia
136 Sheafe Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
(845) 296-1892

Red Hook
1232 NY-308
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 758-4103

6423 State Route 55
Wingdale, NY 12594
(845) 832-3331

Contact Us

Email: Please use our Program Contact Form »

Additional Notes

Read more about Astor’s Head Start program »

For more information or to make a referral to this program, contact:

Kim Tsoubris
50 Delafield Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 452-4167


Astor Head Start Annual Report

We are proud that our most recent Federal Review revealed that our programs around Dutchess County had no negative program findings.

Our Annual Report details our successes and provides information from parents’ and teachers’ points of view.

Head Start Annual Report 2019-2020


More Information

Program brochure (PDF file)

Folleto del programa (archivo PDF)


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