Y Head Start and Early Head Start, A Trusted Family Program

As one of the largest providers of Head Start services in Maryland, the Y in Central Maryland is the Grantee for Head Start in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Our Head Start programs are licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care and combine a safe and happy educational environment with a curriculum designed to stimulate intellectual, social, and emotional growth. Our main objective is to prepare young, economically disadvantaged children and their families for success in school and life. 

The Y has taken an innovative approach in designing programs that meet the various needs of the community. Collectively, we serve more than 1,700 pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and preschool children in over 40 Head Start and Early Head Start centers. We take pride in providing a clean, safe environment where children can learn while they play, make new friends, and get the nurturing care they need to grow and thrive as they prepare for kindergarten and beyond.

Y Head Start participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) program. Click to see the CACFP non-discrimination statement.

Supporting Healthy Families

Being a part of a supportive, active, and caring community is essential to good health and well-being. That’s why all families participating in Y Head Start and Early Head Start automatically receive a Y family membership included with enrollment! The membership continues annually at no cost, even during school holidays and summer months, provided you re-enroll by a specified date each year. LEARN MORE HERE

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View Our Latest Community Report

Our community report gives a comprehensive overview of the impact and performance of our Head Start programs over the past year. Check it out! The vibrant photos, graphics, and personal stories make it very informative and enjoyable.

View our 2023 Community Report

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