The Early Childhood Services Program is a comprehensive preschool program that provides children ages 3-5 and their families a wide range of services. All families who are enrolled in our program receive services in the areas of education, health, nutrition, disabilities and family services. We believe that the parent is the primary educator of their child and therefore, parent involvement is of the utmost importance. In combination with parent input and our school readiness goals, the Early Childhood Services Program is dedicated to preparing its students for a lifetime of academic success.

What is Head Start?

Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher. These programs help build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas.

Federal Information Page

New York State Information Page

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To be eligible, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Annual Household Income Limits (before taxes)
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $12,880
2 $17,420
3 $21,960
4 $26,500
5 $31,040
6 $35,580
7 $40,120
8 $44,660

Who is eligible?

Children from birth to age five from families with low income, according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the Federal government, are eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services.

Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Supplemental Security Income) are also eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of income.

Head Start programs may enroll children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Pregnant women may also be eligible for Early Head Start.

We strongly recommend you contact the Head Start or Early Head Start in your community to find out about their local requirements for enrolling your child and for further guidance. If there is not a space for you and your child at this time, ask the program to put your family on the waiting list.

How do I apply?

To apply for Head Start and Early Head Start, contact the program serving your community using the Head Start Locator tool below. Your local program will provide the required forms and answer your questions. They will also tell you what documents you should bring with you to apply.

Call 518-775-5754 ext 7057 to begin the enrollment process for your child!

Fulton & Montgomery County Locations

208 Truax Road
Amsterdam, NY 12010


230 W Fulton Street
Gloversville, NY 12078


61 Monroe Street
St Johnsville, NY 13452
518-568-7023 x 2122


Fort Plain
25 High Street
Fort Plain, NY 13339
518-993-4000 x 3033


25 School District Road
Canajoharie, NY 13317
518-673-6310 x 1031