Preparing Children and Families for Success

Y Head Start and Early Head Start in Anne Arundel County offers safe, effective, early learning programs that provide educational, health and family services to qualifying families - all at no cost to parents! Our goal is to ensure that every child enters school ready to learn. In fact, Y Head Start children routinely assess higher in school readiness than other assessed children across the state.

Children are enrolled based on a selection system that ranks families by need. All children are welcome, including those with disabilities, in foster care, or are experiencing homelessness. Y Head Start also participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) program. See the CACFP non-discrimination statement.

OUR PROGRAMS

Y EARLY HEAD START

Y Early Head Start is offered as a home-based program for expectant parents and children up to age 3, as well as a center-based program for infants and toddlers up to age 3.

  • Monday - Friday, 8:30am-3pm
  • Year-round program
  • Prenatal education and support for expectant families
  • Promote learning through play, creative expression and guided activities
  • A Family Development Specialists works with you in your home on a weekly basis to support you in your role as the primary educator of your child

Y HEAD START

Y Head Start for children ages 3-5 and has an intentional focus to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

  • Children ages 3-5
  • Monday-Thursday, September-June
  • Part-day: 8:30am – 12:00pm or 12:00pm – 3:30pm
    Full-day: 8:30am - 3pm at select locations
  • Transportation is available to Head Start children within a limited area for each location, but is not guaranteed
  • Nutritious daily meals (breakfast, lunch & snack)
  • Promote learning through play, creative expression and guided activities
  • Curriculum-based program focused on school readiness by promoting early math, science, language, and literacy development
  • On-site IEP services for children with disabilities
  • Modern classrooms equipped with tablets, iStart Smart Computers, and TeachSmart Interactive Displays
  • A nurturing environment led by highly qualified and experienced teachers who care about children

FAMILY SERVICES 

  • Health: Each child’s social, emotional, and physical development is supported so they can fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, oral health, and mental health support, if needed.
  • Family Well-Being: Parents and families are supported in developing and achieving their own goals such as housing stability, continued education, employment, and financial security. 
  • Healthy Living: All participating families receive a Y family membership at no extra cost while in the program. This gives your family access to all 11 Y family centers for exercise and water fitness classes, refreshing pools, rock walls, free family fun, and more!

REGISTER NOW!

To get started, please submit the form at the bottom of this page. A Family Service Advocate or Family Development Specialist will reach out to you with more information.

BALTIMORE COUNTY LOCATIONS

Y EARLY HEAD START home-based programs are available throughout Baltimore County.

Y EARLY HEAD START center-based programs and/or Y HEAD START for ages 3-5 are available at the following locations:

BACK RIVER Y HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START
799 Back River Neck Rd., Essex, MD 21221
Serving: 21220, 21221

CAMPFIELD Y HEAD START
6838 Alter Rd., Baltimore, MD 21207
Serving: 21244, 21208, 21207 (county), 21133, 21215 (county)

EASTERN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER Y HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START
9150 Franklin Square Dr., Rosedale, MD 21237
Serving families residing in the Eastern Family Resource Shelter

EMILY HARRIS Y HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START
27 Main Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228
Serving: 21244, 21228, 21133, 21207 (county)

FLEMING Y HEAD START
641 Main St., Dundalk, MD 21222
Serving: 21222

KENWOOD Y HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START
4601 Fullerton Ave., Baltimore, MD 21236
Serving: 21237, 21220, 21236, 21206, 21128

MERRITT PARK Y HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START
1782 Merritt Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21117
Serving: 21222, 21219, 21224 (county)

MT. CALVARY Y HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START
349 Eudowood Ln., Towson, MD 21286
Serving: 21239, 21286, 21204, 21234, 21030, 21093

RANDALLSTOWN Y HEAD START
5115 Old Court Rd., Randallstown, MD 21133
Serving: 21133, 21117, 21208

RIVERVIEW Y HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START
3290 Kessler Rd, Lansdowne, MD 21227
Serving: 21227

REGISTER NOW! FILL OUT AND SUBMIT THE FORM BELOW TO GET STARTED.

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