What is Early Head Start?

The Early Head Start (EHS) program

The Early Head Start (EHS) program is for low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women, and their families. EHS programs promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning.

There are two different program options in Early Head Start. These options are Home Based or Center Based. Below, you will find information about each one of these.

Home Based:

This option will serve pregnant women and infants. Pregnant women will receive a home visit from a Home Visitor one time per week. Services will include access to prenatal health care, prenatal education, and breastfeeding education. EHS staff members can individualize the program to support expectant parents and meet family needs during the prenatal period. Expectant parents will attend a support group twice per month with other expectant parents in the program that will include educational topics and fun activities.

Infants and their families will receive a home visit from a Home Visitor one time per week lasting 1 hour.


What is Head Start?

What is Head Start?

Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way.

What does Head Start offer?

  • Center Base program for primarily 4 and 5 year olds
  • Special services for children with disabilities
  • Increased access to medical and dental care
  • Social and emotional growth

Head Start experiences for the parent?

  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Activities for parents
  • Opportunities for leadership on the Head Start Policy Council
  • Regular Parent Committee meetings
  • Resource and referral services
  • Home visits by program staff

Head Start experiences for the child?

  • Speech and language stimulation
  • Creative arts
  • Social experiences
  • Culturally diverse experiences
  • Concept development

Head Start Philosophy

The CAPCO Head Start Program believes all children and families have strengths and deserve the opportunity to develop and maintain a happy and healthy life. We support each child and family in achieving social and emotional well-being. Through the guidance of the CAPCO Head Start staff, it is our hope each and every family will become self-reliant members of the community.

To sign up for this program

If you are interested in learning more about this program or signing up, please Contact Us.


Head Start/Early Head Start Sites

Early Head Start Sites

  • Cosimo 1 & 2; 3 Huntington St., Cortland, 607-299-4159
  • Cosimo 3; 3 Huntington St., Cortland, 299-4262
  • South Main 1 & 2; 236 South Main St., Cortland, 607-662-4042
  • Elm Tree, 279 Route 13, Cortland, 607-299-4723

Head Start Sites

  • Randall, Randall Elementary School 31 Randall St, Cortland, (607) 758-4173
  • Parker, Parker Elementary School, 89 Madison Street, Cortland. (607) 758-4165
  • Homer I, Homer Elementary school, 9 Park Place, Homer, (607) 749-1250
  • YMCA, 22 Tompkins Street, Cortland, (607) 756-8450 (3 classrooms)
  • Barry, Barry Elementary School 20 Raymond Avenue, Cortland (607) 758-4150 Option 6
  • Johnson I, II and III 236 S. Main Street, Cortland, (607) 218-6815
  • Smith Center, Smith Elementary School, 33 Wheeler Avenue, Cortland, (607) 758-4175
  • McGraw Center, McGraw Elementary School, 50 West Academy Street, McGraw, (607) 836-3682

Eligibility for CAPCO Head Start:

To be eligible for the Head Start Program your child must:

  • Be a Cortland County Resident
  • Be 3 or 4 years old by December 1
  • Be within our income guidelines or receive TANF or SSI
    Please go this link for income guidelines: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines