Head Start is a comprehensive child development program for preschool age children. Priority consideration is given to children of low income families. The Head Start program provides not only for the educational needs of children but also for their social, emotional, health and nutritional requirements. Head Start recognizes the major role of the family in child development and gives parents an opportunity to learn about the needs of their children and to be involved in program planning and policy making.


  • There is no cost to parents
  • A hot lunch, breakfast or snack are served daily to all children
  • Class times are Monday through Thursday, 8:15 AM – 11:45 AM and 11:45 AM – 3:15 PM
  • Class size is limited to seventeen children with two teachers and a teacher assistant for each class
  • Qualified teachers and trained teacher assistants guide and instruct children on an individual basis or in small groups
  • A nurse and mental health consultant offer services to children and families


  • Children from low income families
  • Children who are 3 years old by December 1st
  • Children who live in the Phelps-Clifton Springs and Manchester-Shortsville area

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