Head Start/Day Care

The philosophy of the Head Start/Day Care program is that each child is entitled to have a “head start” regardless of race, creed, religion or need. Serving 250 children daily from four locations, the comprehensive program is designed to develop the cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills of children in a safe, supportive environment. Children and families receive a broad range of educational, nutritional, social and preventive health services. The Head Start/Day Care program incorporates the Board of Education’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program, providing preschool services to children four years of age, including children with special needs. The program also provides transitional services to public schools.

Locations and Hours

Our Head Start programs meet at the following locations:

  • Mill Brook Community Center, 201 St. Ann’s Avenue, Bronx, NY
  • Mott Haven Community Center, 375 East 143rd Street, Bronx, NY
  • Children’s Pride 414/Patterson Community Center, 414 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY

The Head Start program runs Monday through Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm

Day Care meets at the following location from 8:00am-6:00pm, Monday through Friday:

  • Winifred Wheeler Nursery, 200 Alexander Avenue, Bronx, NY

How to Apply

Head Start eligibility is based on family income, housing status, foster status, public assistance and special needs. Eligibility for day care is based on the family income of working families, student status (full or part-time) and public assistance through HRA.

With questions or to apply by phone, please contact Dawn Heyward, Deputy Director of Early Childhood, at (718) 292-5335.