Programs

Head Start

Hudson Valley

Head Start is a federally funded preschool program serving low-income children and children with disabilities.

  • Free program for children who qualify
  • Home-based program option
    • Prenatal – 5 years old
    • Weekly 90 minute home visits
  • Center-based program option 
    • 18 months – 5 years old
    • Monday – Friday
    • 5-6 hours a day

Goals:

  • Help development social and emotional competence of young children
  • Implement strategies that promote school readiness
  • Provide comprehensive family engagement services
  • Promote health, mental health support, and development screenings
  • Collaborate with community resources to support the families and program

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

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

Eligibility

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:

  • Proof of income – paystubs, Income Tax Return (form – 1040 or W2), employer letter, unemployment, social security, etc.
  • Birth Certificate
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Copy of child’s current physical & immunizations record
To apply contact or walk-in to your nearest center

Locations:

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

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

Millerton
11 Park Street
Millerton, NY 12546
(518) 789-3077

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

Red Hook
9 Mill Road
Red Hook, NY 12571
(845) 758-4103

Wingdale
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 Fragetta
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 2018-2019

 

More Information:

Program brochure (PDF file)

Folleto del programa (archivo PDF)

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