The Children’s Aid early childhood model is a comprehensive approach to the education of our youngest participants to help them develop a life-long love of learning that also deeply engages parents and caregivers. Children's Aid has home-based, school-based, and center-based Early Childhood programs. Joining this portfolio is the P.S. 152 Community School Early Head Start Program. On the afternoon of Friday, March 4th, Children's Aid staff, parents, elected officials and some of the cutest 0-3-year-olds unveiled the newest Early Head Start program in Washington Heights.
The period from birth to five is a vital time of life during which significant transformations take place. Children acquire the basic skills that serve as the foundation for later learning and families establish the daily routines that will support their children’s healthy development. Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Assemblyman Guillermo Linares were in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony and voiced their support of such programs. This is particularly important because funding for this, and other early childhood programs, is under attack.
Early Head Start, Head Start and child care funding are at risk of significant cuts as Congress continues to negotiate the current year’s budget. New York families stand to lose a tremendous amount if these cuts are passed. Sixty families that participate in Early Head Start at Children’s Aid would lose their program.