Center-Based Introduction

Center-Based Program-Head Start/Early Head Start

The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey Head Start/Early Head Start Center-Based Program provides comprehensive services to 286 children from birth to age five, including children with disabilities, in a center-based program option. We also provide intensive support for 14 expectant mothers as they prepare for the birth of their child.

Our Head Start/Early Head Start Program promotes School Readiness for children in income eligible families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play an important role as both their child’s primary educator and as participants in administering the program locally. Our program is delivered in partnership with the Trenton Public Schools Department of Early Childhood. The Trenton Board of Education provides funding to enhance the learning experiences of 225 of our enrolled children and elevate our teachers’ credentials through NJ State certification.

The Children’s Home Society of NJ Head Start/Early Head Start Program will also begin to provide comprehensive services to an additional 90 children in center-based and 30 children in home-based from birth to age three, including children with disabilities.  Services will also be available to an additional 45 expectant mothers.   Caregivers will provide services to children and families through Home Visits until the opening of the new Liberty Street Early Childhood Center in the spring of 2021. 

Eligibility for Head Start/Early Head Start Program:

  • Families with children birth through age 5 years that meet Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines (100% of poverty level)
  • Reside in City of Trenton
  • Inclusion classrooms available for children with an IEP or an IFSP


The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical-thinking skills

Head Start Curriculum- Center-Based

It is designed to help educators at all levels of experience plan and implement a developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and skill levels

The best way to help children succeed is to teach them to be creative, confident thinkers. That means offering them opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery that help build lifelong critical-thinking skills and foster confidence. The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool provides teachers with the content and tools needed to encourage and support every type of learner and address all the important areas of learning.

The 38 research-based objectives are the heart of the curriculum and define the path teachers take with children in their classroom. They inform every aspect of teaching, include predictors of school success, and are aligned with state early learning guidelines and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.

Early Head Start Curriculum- Center-based and Home-based

The Creative Curriculum® for InfantsToddlers & Twos is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum designed to help teachers and home visitors implement developmentally appropriate practices and offer responsive daily routines and meaningful experiences that nurture learning and development.

The framework that guides The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos has routines and experiences at its center. That’s because the routines and experiences that structure each day, and the responsive care and teaching provided during these times, are what enable children to develop a secure attachment with the important people in their lives and gain confidence in themselves as learners.

The 38 research-based objectives are the heart of the curriculum and define the path teachers and home visitors take with children. The objectives identify the behaviors, skills, and knowledge that are most important for school success. Even though school is a few years away for young children, the foundation for future development and learning is established in these very important early years.

Developmental Areas

The objectives are organized into nine areas of development and learning. Four of these areas focus on child development: social– emotional, cognitive, physical, and language. It is these areas and their related objectives in which teachers and home visitors are likely to see the most growth and progress with the children in their care.

Content Areas

The remaining five areas focus on content learning, which has its roots even in these younger years. While some of these skills are ones that children will begin acquiring in preschool, teachers and home visitors can support content learning from infancy by creating a language rich environment; building trusting relationships; and individualizing the experiences that they provide throughout the day on the basis of children’s strengths, needs, and interests.

Early Head Start Home-Based Program serves:

  • Children birth to age 5 years old

  • Foster children

  • Homeless families

  • Children with disabilities and ISFP (write out Individualized Family Service Plan).

  • Income-eligible residents  (please see the list of zip codes for eligibility

  • Trenton residents

prospective clients to zip codes that we serve in our service areas.

  • Self Referral
  • Prenatal Clinics and Hospitals
  • Community Providers
  • Clergy
  • Local county and State government
  • School Personnel
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Other social service and child care agencies
  • Friends, family, community members
  • Head Start Staff

We provide comprehensive In-Home Family Support to our families, while connecting them to essential community resources and providing:

  • Health Education, medical and dental services
  • Interactive family activities
  • Behavioral health support
  • Nutrition education
  • Fatherhood support
  • Parent Partnerships
  • Job Trainings and Career choices
  • Transportation provided

All Head Start Locations in Trenton, NJ

Head Start 3-5

715 Bellevue Avenue

1198 Southard Street

794 E. State Street

1746 S. Clinton Avenue

Early Head Start 0-2

1198 Southard Street

**Opening in 2021- 1435 Liberty Street

Isaac L. Dorsey, Executive Director
Head Start/Early Head Start Program

Email Address:
Phone Number: (609) 695-6274, Ext. 136

Center Based Program – Head Start and Early Head Start

For more information and enrollment please contact:

Francys Soto or (609) 462-2661