Head Start & Early Head Start

Head Start is a federal government program designed to give preschool children from low-income families a “head start” on their readiness for elementary school. 

Head Start supports parents and families in their vital roles as the primary influencers on their young children’s education and development by helping them sharpen their parenting skills and navigate the school system. This comprehensive, top-quality preschool education also provides health and nutrition education to its students and their families. 

The goal of Early Head Start is to expand on the Head Start program and provide child development and family support services to low-income pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families. FSW’s Early Head Start’s in-home program focuses on the mother’s health during pregnancy and the health of her newborn during the first 12 months of life. 

When Early Head Start children reach their first birthdays, they join a center-based program, which continues to build each child’s cognitive and language skills, social and social and emotional development, and physical and mental health.



Mount Kisco Head Start
95 Radio Circle Drive
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 244-8825
Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester
351 Main Street
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 666-8069
Discovery Village Childcare and Preschool
580 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 631-1009
The Ellen Farrar Center
Coming Soon!
114 East 4th Street
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Collin Allen Child Development Center
103 W 2nd Street
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
(914) 664-7005
Yonkers Children’s Place
10 St. Joseph’s Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10703
(914) 375-4102
St. Peter’s Child Care Center
204 Hawthorne Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10705
(914) 476-2152
North Street Center
456 North Street
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 428-8225
Rochambeau Alt High School
228 Fisher Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
(914) 422-2420
Eastview MS Campus
350 Main Street
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 422-2223
Lois Bronz Children’s Center
30 Manhattan Avenue
White Plains, NY 10607
(914) 761-6134
Port Chester Head Start & Therapeutic Childcare
400 Westchester Avenue
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 223-8143
Port Chester Head Start
17 Spring Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 452-0202
Children’s Center for Learning
95 Lincoln Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 632-0180

Find out if you are eligible:

To apply for Early Head Start, a pregnant woman, parent or caregiver must: 

  • Have proof of residence (such as a utility bill or phone bill) 
  • Be pregnant and/or have a birth certificate for the child who is applying 
  • Meet federal income eligibility requirements 
To begin the application process, please contact Hope Shapiro Lilian at hope.lilian@fsw.org or 914-358-5776.

Contact Information

Early Childhood Administration
Lonay Harris, Director of Program Operations
(914) 557-1228

Hope Shapiro Lilian, MS, LMSW, Family and Community Engagement Manager
(914) 358-5692

Maria Pilco, Early Head Start Coordinator
(914) 761-2731, Ext. 14