Preparing Children for Success in School and in Life

The Y's Baltimore County Head Start program has been designated a National Center of Excellence by the Department of Health and Human Services -- one of only a few so designated in the country. All Baltimore County Head Start centers are accredited and licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Throughout Baltimore County, we provide a Head Start program for preschool children ages 3 – 5 and an Early Head Start program for pregnant women, infants and toddlers ages 0 – 3. Our goal is to ensure that every child is school-ready. In fact, Baltimore County Head Start children routinely assess higher in school readiness than other assessed children across the state. We work with 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 (10% of our funded enrollment includes children with disabilities)
  • transportation

Y Head Start families also receive a complimentary family membership to the Y while enrolled in the program. 

Get a better idea of our impact by viewing our Y Head Start 2016-2017 Annual Report.


Early Head Start

Program Details

Early Head Start is a full-day, year-round program for pregnant women, infants and toddlers ages 0 – 3. The program operates Monday – Friday, 9am -3pm. There are two program options:

  • Home-based program for pregnant women and children ages 0-3 where Family Development Specialists work with families in their home on a weekly basis
  • Center-based program for children ages 0-3


Curriculum

Early Head Start uses 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 of 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
  • Instill a positive sense of self that will make a difference throughout their lives
  • 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
  • Cognitive Development – help children become confident learners by letting them tryout their own ideas and experience success


Traditional Head Start

Program Details

Traditional Head Start is a part-day program operating Monday – Thursday from either 8:30am – 12:00pm or 12:00pm – 3:30pm for children ages 3-5. The program runs from September – early June. Transportation is available within a limited area for each location.

Curriculum

Traditional Head Start uses the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence Curriculum which teaches skills related to school readiness as recommended and measured by MSDE. Through skills-based learning, we involve the family as active partners in their child’s healthy growth and development, and we prepare children to be successful by instilling age-appropriate fundamentals:

  • Reading - letter sounds, word families, reading/being read to, book awareness, etc.
  • Writing - letter shapes, spacing, upper and lowercase, punctuation, etc.
  • Math - numbers, counting, grouping, addition, subtraction, math facts, etc.
  • 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; generously funded by Giant Food's Our Family Foundation
  • Arts & Humanities - replicating the work of the masters, finger painting, crafts, etc.


How to Enroll Your Child

Head Start is a fully funded program. Families must apply for their child’s scholarship to participate. 

To apply, please review the list of locations below and contact the Head Start center that serves your zip code. You can also email us at nakiawilliams@ymaryland.org. The Family Service Advocate or Family Development Specialist will explain the enrollment process and arrange a time to meet with you to complete an application. Please be prepared to bring the following documents:

  • Proof of age (birth certificate or legal document for child 0-5, proof of pregnancy)
  • Proof of Residency (current lease, phone bill, BGE, etc.)
  • Proof of Income (W2, tax form 1040, 2 current consecutive check stubs, SSI, child support, etc.)

Children are enrolled based on a selection system that ranks families by need. Upon enrollment you must provide:

  • A record of your child’s immunizations
  • Documentation of your child’s most recent physical and lead test/level
  • Other supporting documents as requested

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

Locations

  • Back River Head Start Center
    799 Back River Neck Rd., Essex, MD 21221
    410-391-1566

    Part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30am – 12pm or 12pm – 3:30pm
    Serves zip codes 21221 and 21220
     
  • Campfield Head Start Center
    6838 Alter Rd., Baltimore, MD 21207
    410-602-8190

    Part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30am – 12pm or 12pm – 3:30pm
    Serves zip codes 21133, 21207, 21208, 21244 and 21215
     
  • Emily Harris Head Start Center
    27 Main St., Catonsville, MD 21228
    410-788-8802

    Part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30am – 12pm or 12pm – 3:30pm
    Serves zip codes 21133, 21207, 21228 and 21244
     
  • Fleming Head Start Center
    641 Main St., Baltimore, MD 21222
    410-282-6977

    Part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30am – 12pm or 12pm – 3:30pm
    Serves zip code 21222
     
  • Highland Village Head Start/Early Head Start Center
    4165 McDowell Ln., Lansdowne, MD 21227
    410-789-4404

    Part-day morning Head Start from 8:30am – 12pm
    Full-day Early Head Start from 9am – 3pm
    Wrap-around care available for both Head Start and Early Head Start families

    Serves zip code 21227
     
  • Kenwood Head Start/Early Head Start Center
    4601 Fullerton Ave., Baltimore, MD 21236
    410-665-0951

    Part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30am – 12pm or 12pm – 3:30pm
    Full-day Early Head Start from 9am-3pm.
    Wrap-around care available for Early Head Start families

    Serves zip codes 21206, 21220, 21237 and 21236
     
  • Merritt Park Head Start Center
    1728 Merritt Park Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21222
    410-288-0706

    Part-day morning Head Start from 8:30am – 12pm. Wrap-around care is available.
    Serves zip codes 21219, 21222 and 21224
     
  • Randallstown Head Start Center
    5115 Old Court Road, Randallstown, MD 21133 (Mt. Olive United Methodist Church)
    410-655-0978

    Part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30am – 12pm or 12pm – 3:30pm
    Serves zip codes 21133, 21117 and 21208
     
  • Riverview Head Start Center
    3290 Kessler St., Lansdowne, MD 21227
    410-536-4611

    Part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30am – 12pm or 12pm – 3:30pm
    Serves zip code 21227
     
  • Towson Head Start Center
    1801 Glen Keith Blvd., Towson, MD 21204
    410-668-8315

    Part-day morning or afternoon Head Start from 8:30am – 12pm or 12pm – 3:30pm
    Serves zip codes 21204, 21234, 21239 and 21286
     
  • Baltimore County Head Start Administrative Office
    4375 Ebenezer Rd., Perry Hall, MD 21236
    410-248-0372
    Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5pm

 

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