Serving young children (birth through age 5) and pregnant women in Trenton, NJ.
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ) Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) Center-Based program provides high quality early childhood education and comprehensive services to 270 children ages 3-5 (Head Start) and 106 infants and toddlers ages 0-3 (Early Head Start) in Trenton, New Jersey. All services, including daily nutritious meals and comprehensive support services are provided at no cost to families. For detailed descriptions of the services provided to HS/EHS families, refer to the ‘Comprehensive Services’ tab below.
HS/EHS children participate in engaging, interactive lessons and activities designed to reinforce key skills and developmental abilities. Our research-based curriculum is designed to help young children develop in six key areas: cognitive, social-emotional, physical, language, literacy, and mathematics. These six areas together, enhanced by our comprehensive services and individualized support, build the strong foundation for learning that enables children to thrive in Kindergarten and beyond.
Our program is delivered in partnership with the Trenton Public Schools Office of Early Childhood. The Trenton Board of Education provides funding to enhance the learning experiences of our children and elevate our teachers’ credentials through NJ State certification. Inclusion classrooms are available for children with an IEP or an IFSP.
As with all CHSofNJ programs, HS/EHS views children, families, and services through a trauma-informed lens. Our staff are trained to understand and serve children who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which can impact behavior, health, development, cognition, and happiness. Our team also recognizes that trauma exists in the lives of parents, guardians, and other family members. Therefore, we approach all interactions with respect and care to ensure comfortability and build a trusting partnership with each family we serve.
Our Philosophy. CHSofNJ’s HS/EHS program actively encourages parent participation – in the classroom, at HS/EHS events, and in administering the program. We recognize parents as their child’s first and best teacher, and we are committed to partnering with parents to help their children and families achieve their full potential!