Head Start

The Y of Central Maryland is one of the largest providers of Head Start services in Maryland. We are the Grantee for Head Start in Baltimore County and are a Delegate of the Baltimore City Head Start program. Our main objective is to prepare young, economically disadvantaged children for success in school and life. We provide comprehensive early intervention to low-income children and their families and help support parents as the first and primary educator of their children. Collectively, we serve more than 950 infants, toddlers and preschool children through our Head Start programs.

Annual Report

Baltimore County Head Start/Early Head Start '11-'12
 

Baltimore County Head Start

The Y's Baltimore County Head Start program has been designated
a National Center of Excellence by the Department of Health
Services. Our program is only one of ten Head Start programs in the country, and the only Y in the U.S. to receive this designation.

Throughout Baltimore County, we provide a traditional Head Start program for preschool children ages 3 – 5 and an Early Head Start program for infants and toddlers, age 6 months – 3 years. Our goal is to ensure that every child is school-ready. In fact, Baltimore County Head Start children tested 41 – 69% higher in school readiness than other low income children across the state. We work hand-in-hand with low income families and local communities to strengthen the family unit through comprehensive services that include:

  • early intervention
  • education
  • parent involvement & family focus
  • community partnerships
  • health & nutrition
  • disabilities (Ten percent of our funded enrollment includes children with disabilities.)
  • transportation

 

Hours of Operation

Traditional Head Start is a FREE part-day program operating Monday – Thursday from either 8:30am – 12:00pm or 12:00pm – 3:30pm. Transportation is available within a limited area for each location. The program runs from September – early June.

Early Head Start is a FREE full-day program operating Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm. Transportation is not available for this program. Early Head Start is a year-round program. It is also offered as a home-based program where Family Development Specialists work with families in their homes on a weekly basis.

Traditional Head Start Curriculum

Using the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence Curriculum, we teach skills related to school readiness as recommended and measured by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

The Core Knowledge curriculum is skills-based and involves the family as active partners in healthy growth and development. Working with parents, we prepare children to be successful by teaching them age-appropriate fundamentals.

  • Reading - letter sounds, word families, reading/being read to, book awareness, etc.
  • Writing - letter shapes, spacing, upper and lower case, punctuation, etc.
  • Math - addition, subtraction, math facts, grouping, counting, etc.

 

We believe in developing the whole child: spirit, mind and body. For that, we not only focus on school-readiness, but social development as well.

  • Circle/Small Group Time - name recognition, calendar, dramatic play, educational songs, science, library, etc.
  • Health & Wellness - I Am Moving, I Am Learning; a preschool curriculum that teaches and reinforces academic skills through music and movement, daily outdoor play, swimming (where available), physical education and more
  • Arts & Humanities - replicating the work of the masters, finger painting, crafts, etc.

 

All Baltimore County Head Start centers are MSDE accredited and licensed.

Early Head Start Curriculum

In Early Head Start, we use the Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers. The philosophy behind this curriculum is that in the early years, children explore the world around them by using all their senses. Through use of this curriculum, we aim to:

  • Help children become enthusiastic learners
  • Allow children to learn at their own pace and in ways that are best for them
  • In still a positive sense of self, that will make a difference throughout their lives

 

As in traditional Head Start, we also focus on the full development of the whole child: spirit, mind & body.

  • Social Development – helping children feel comfortable, to trust their environment
  • Emotional Development – build self-confidence
  • Physical Development – help children increase their large and small motor skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do
  • Cognitive Development – help children become confident learners by letting them tryout their own ideas and experience success

Baltimore City Head Start

The Y Emily Price Jones Head Start program is a Delegate
of the Baltimore City Head Start program. We provide
preschool children age 3 & 4, and their families, with comprehensive early intervention services. Our goal is to ensure that every child is school-ready. We work hand-in-hand with low income families and local communities to strengthen the family unit through comprehensive services that include:

  • early intervention
  • education
  • parent involvement & family focus
  • community partnerships
  • health & nutrition

 

We use the Creative Curriculum; a developmentally appropriate program that promotes children’s social-emotional development and learning in the core areas of:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • science
  • social studies

 

I Am Moving, I Am Learning

I Am Moving, I Am Learning is an education through movement program that supports health & wellness while teaching/reinforcing academic concepts related to math, science and literacy. I Am Moving, I Am Learning is funded by the PNC Grow Up Great Foundation.

In addition to developing the motor system and laying the foundation for a positive attitude about physical activity, through the use of movement experiences, educators can stimulate problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, and reinforce a variety of academic concepts.

The Emily Price Jones Head Start program uses monthly unit themes to incorporate the Head Start Performance Outcomes for Math and Science and support the school readiness indicators identified by the Maryland Model for School Readiness. To support classroom instruction, Y Preschool Specialists provide 30 minutes per week of I Am Moving, I Am Learning programming to extend math and science concepts through music and movement.

Additionally, Y Preschool Specialists provide training to parents on a monthly basis so they are familiar with the songs and understand the concepts that are being taught.

Hours of Operation

Baltimore City Head Start is a FREE full-day or part-day program operating Monday – Friday between the hours of 7:30am – 4:00pm. Please see Locations & Contact Info for specific hours for each center. Transportation is not available. The program runs from September – early June.

Locations & Contact Info

To enroll in a Head Start program, contact the Head Start center
closest to your home. Our Family Service Workers will explain
the process and arrange a time to meet with you.

Baltimore County Head Start

Some centers offer wrap-around care for families that are attending school, working or participating in job training. This is a fee-based service. We accept Purchase of Care vouchers.

410-248-0372

Administrative Office

4375 Ebenezer Rd.
Perry Hall, MD 21236

410-391-1566

Back River Head Start Center

799 Back River Neck Rd.
Essex, MD 21221

Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start. Serves zip codes 2122 and 21220.

410-602-8190

Campfield Head Start Center

6838 Alter Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21207

Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start. Serves zip codes 21133, 21207, 21208, 21244, and 21215.

410-788-8802

Emily Harris Head Start Center

27 Main Street
Catonsville, MD 21228

Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start. Serves zip codes 21133, 21207, 21228, and 21244.

410-282-6977

Fleming Head Start Center

641 Main Street
Baltimore, MD 21222

Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start. Serves zip code 21222.

410-789-4404

Highland Village Head Start/Early Head Start Center

4165 McDowell Lane
Lansdowne, MD 21227

Offers part-day morning Head Start and full-day Early Head Start. Wrap-around care is available for both Head Start and Early Head Start families. Serves zip code 21227.

410-665-0951

Kenwood Head Start/Early Head Start Center

4601 Fullerton Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21236

Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start and full-day Early Head Start. Wrap-around care is available for Early Head Start families. Serves zip codes 21206, 21220, 21237, and 21236.

410-288-0706

Merritt Park Head Start Center

1728 Merritt Park Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21222

Offers part-day morning Head Start. Wrap-around care is available. Serves zip codes 21219, 21222, and 21224.

410-536-4611

Riverview Head Start Center

3290 Kessler St.
Lansdowne, MD 21227

Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start. Serves zip code 21227.

410-668-8315

Towson Head Start Center

1801 Glen Keith Blvd.
Towson, MD 21204

Offers part-day morning or afternoon Head Start. Serves zip codes 21204, 21234, 21239, and 21286.

Baltimore City Head Start

To participate in Baltimore City Head Start, you must be a Baltimore City resident.

410-367-9380

Administrative Office
Emily Price Jones Head Start Center at Eldorado

3510 Eldorado Ave.
Baltimore, MD 2107

Offers full-day Head Start from 8am – 4pm, or 7:45am – 2:25pm.

410-362-0466

Emily Price Jones Head Start Center at Windsor

3305 Winsor Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21216

Offers full-day Head Start from 8am – 4pm.

410-669-1470

Emily Price Jones Head Start Center at Elgin

2030 Elgin Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217

Offers full-day Head Start from 8am – 4pm.

410-523-4582

Emily Price Jones Head Start Center at Payson

1600 N. Payson St.
Baltimore, MD 21217

Offers part-day Head Start from 8am – 11:30am or 12:30pm – 4pm.

410-366-5028

Emily Price Jones Head Start Center at Chestnut

3608 Chestnut Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211

Offers part-day Head Start from 7:30am – 10:45am or 11:30am –3:30pm.

Enrollment Information

To enroll in a Head Start program, contact the Head
Start center closest to your home (see Locations & Contact Info
tab above)
. Our Family Service Workers will explain the process
and arrange a time to meet with you to complete an application. Please be prepared to supply the following documents:

  • an original birth certificate or legal document showing your child’s name and date of birth
  • a record of your child’s immunizations
  • documentation of your child’s latest physical
  • proof of residency (phone bill, BGE, etc.)
  • proof of family household income
  • IFSP or IEP if your child has one
  • other documents a Family Service Worker may request