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Head Start and Early Head Start

These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and provide services to over 1,100 low-income infants, toddlers, pre-school children and their families. All classroom services operate from 8:45 am to 3:45 pm, Head Start from September through June, Early Head Start for 12 months.  Enrolled children receive a full range of educational, medical, nutritional and social services. The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are offered at no cost, and each family must demonstrate financial eligibility before being admitted. Parent involvement is highly stressed; it is expected that all parents take an active part in their child's education.

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Registrations being accepted at:
Eastside: Cecile Dickey Center

500 E 35th Street
Paterson, NJ 07504
For 2 Paterson sites (see below).

Call 973-546-2634 for more information, or click here.

-and- Cliffside Park Head Start
263 Lafayette Ave
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
for 4 Bergen County sites (see below).

Call 201-366-1020 ext. 2135 for more information.


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Site locations for Head Start are:   CDCH

40 Passaic Street (Directions)

291 2nd Street (Directions)


100 Portland Ave (Directions)


263 Lafayette Ave (Directions)

500 East 35th Street (Directions)
265 Totowa Avenue (Directions)

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Site locations for Early Head Start are:
100 Portland Ave (Directions)
500 East 35th Street (Directions)

265 Totowa Avenue (Directions)

Head Start and Early Head Start offer:

--Breakfast, Lunch and Snack
--Medical/Dental Referrals
--Developmental Experiences
--Parental Involvement
--Prenatal information & referral

We welcome children with disabilities!


Monthly parent activities conducted by Greater Bergen Head Start and Early Head Start include:

--Workshops on developing parenting skills, successful marriages and effective fathering techniques
--Financial literacy workshops
--Immigration and naturalization workshops
-- ESL classes

Transportation: Staff members are available to assist enrolled families in locating alternate sources of transportation. All facilities are located within walking distance of county bus routes.

Day Care/Full Year Programs at the Childhood Developmental Center of Hackensack

This component is funded in part by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development. It consists of full-day sessions providing services to a maximum of 71 pre-school children. Classes run from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Parents must be employed or in school full time. There is a fee for this service, based on family size and income. Eligibility must be demonstrated before being enrolled into the program.
If you are a Bergen or Passaic County resident with a child between the ages of 0-5 or are pregnant, and are a low-income family (as defined by the U.S. Federal Government), you may qualify for one of GBCA's programs.

Transition to Kindergarten:

Greater Bergen Head Start and Early Head Start implements a school readiness plan that focuses on five essential domains outlined in The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. This plan identifies elements that align with both the New Jersey Preschool Standards and Creative Curriculum Objectives for Development and Learning; this alignment helps identify areas that can be monitored and assessed.
The plan was developed by staff members from education, health and social service, parents of children in the program, and community sources. Once drafted, the plan was reviewed and approved by the Policy Council.
For more information contact: (201) 366-1020 ext. 2135.

Federal Review, Financial Audit and Forecasted 2012-1013 Expenditures

The results of the most recent review by the Secretary of ACF, GBCA's financial audit records, and the breakdown of forecasted expenditures from March 1, 2012 through February 29, 2013 are available upon request at Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc., 241 Moore Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601.

2010-2011 Head Start Statistics
2010-2011 Early Head Start Statistics
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