Center Based Program-Head Start/Early Head Start
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey Head Start/Early Head Start Program provides care to 286 children from birth to age five in a center based program option. We also provide intensive support for expectant mothers as they prepare for the birth of their child.
Our Head Start/Early Head Start program promotes School Readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs both as primary educators 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 experiences of 155 of our enrolled children and elevate our teachers’ credentials through NJ State certification.
Eligibility for Head Start Program:
- Families with children ages 3 through 5 years that meet Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines (100% of poverty level)
- Reside in City of Trenton
- Children with Disabilities/Special Needs, inclusion placement option for children with disabilities with IEP or IFSP
Learning Experiences Provided
Our program will provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. An interdisciplinary team of family members, teachers, specialist and advocates work together to ensure children receive the care and education needed for future success. Child outcomes are tracked in the following areas:
- Language Development
- Literacy Skills
- Mathematics Knowledge & Awareness
- Science Knowledge & Awareness
- Creative Arts Expression
- Social & Emotional Development
- Positive Approaches to Learning
- Physical Health & Development
In order to apply for the Head Start program, please click here.
- Children birth to age 3 years old
- Expectant Mothers
- Foster Children
- Homeless Families
- Children with Disabilities
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- Social - To help children feel comfortable learning in their own home environment and how to make friends, and be a part of a social group.
- Emotional - To help parents and newborns form healthy attachments. To help children experience pride and self- confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life.
- Cognitive - To help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
- Physical - To help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do with planned activities by Home Visitors or during socialization sessions.
- Health Education, medical and dental services
- Interactive family activities
- Behavioral health support
- Nutrition education
- Fatherhood support
- Monthly socialization activities
- Job Trainings and Career choices
- Transportation provided
- Self Referral
- Prenatal Clinics and Hospitals
- Community Providers
- Local county and State government
- School Personnel
- Homeless Shelters
- Other social service and child care agencies
A look into Smith Santiago virtual (Head Start) Classroom pet update! Interactive questions for the kids.
In case you miss him! Here's our class pet. We'd love to see a picture of you holding your answer with your fingers.
Question of the day...
Virtual Learning in EHS- Kim and Sarah from our Smith Santiago Classroom 2
The caregivers in Smith Santiago Classroom 2 have collaborated to engage families in teaching and learning while in their homes. Before Kim and Sarah begin the week of activity they plan what they will discuss with parents before calling them via phone conferencing. Both base their calls on an individualized plan for each family through Ready Rosie and Teaching Strategies Family activities. The teachers personalize the calls by checking in on the family first and then discussing the activities that were sent electronically. While the parents are talking, they take turns documenting the expressions given to them to help plan for Teaching Strategies GOLD assessments. In this way, the teachers can already have an idea on what to plan for during the following week!
In addition, the teachers have also provided the parents with customized Youtube videos to encourage the interaction between child and teacher. The videos are posted at least twice a week and feature a book read-a-long and a sing-a-long. They call it “Singing with Sarah” and “Reading with Sarah” to add a personalized feel to the learning. They have mentioned that these virtual learning tools are meant to “Bring familiar classroom songs and music to their homes until we can meet again!” As a bonus, Sarah has also included her son in the fun to engage the children as they watch. Parents have provided feedback to the teachers on the days that they have conference calls. Most of all parents have mentioned that “The children are excited to hear their voices and they join in on the singing at home!”
Singing with Miss Sarah-Five little ducks
SS2 caregivers also recognize that comments for Ready Rosie are very instrumental in keeping the lines of communication open. Parents are regularly thanking Sarah and Kim for sending videos to their personalized playlist through messaging. As needed, parents are also given alternate resources to modify activities when they have limited material for teaching at home. Modifying activities has specifically helped students that soon will be three years old and will transition to Head Start and those children who are working closely with Early Intervention Services.
Circle time with Angela Fegely
We are living through history. Years from now the children of today will look back and say, “the schools were closed but my teacher was still there.” We are there via text messages and phone calls, through Face Book and Face Time and conferencing apps like Zoom and Google Hangout. We are there giving parents strategies through our curriculum and from other resources we have spent hours searching for on the internet. Our families need us and we need our families.
Virtual Circle Time with Ms. Angela and Ms. KatlynTeaching from home has been a big change for me. It can be challenging and overwhelming at times to manage a classroom from home as well as my own family. However, I find it important to stay connected to my families during this difficult time and apps like zoom have made that possible. I look forward to weekly zoom circle time meetings with my students. It's a time for us to learn through songs and finger play. It's a time for us to reconnect and share our feelings. It's a time for me to show my students that I care and I haven't left them. It warms my heart to see their faces and hear their little voices. Schools maybe closed but as a teacher it is my obligation to still be there for my families. Ms. Kim (Smith Santiago Rm6)
*Applications are being accepted now for Fall 2014 – Head Start/Early Head Start is a FREE Program for low income children Birth – 5 years old and Expectant Mothers.