Description: WestCOP’s Early Childhood Program serves almost two thousand income-eligible children and families in twenty-two Head Start and Early Head Start centers throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties.
The centers offer several types of programs, which include part-day or six-hour Head Start, full-day childcare, therapeutic classrooms, Universal Pre-Kindergarten, and after-school services. A complete list of the centers, with addresses and contact information, may be found at the end of this section.
Starting March 2014, WestCOP began a pilot Early Childhood Development program in Port Chester called “5 Steps to Five”. Fully funded by a group of individuals and foundations, its mission is to educate disadvantaged parents how to prepare their newborn babies to become responsive, effective students and productive, responsible citizens, leading to a stronger, healthier society and economy.
ec_pic1The Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive child development services for children from birth to five years, and focuses
on the goals of promoting social competence and school readiness for each child. Because Head Start believes that parents and families are a child’s first and best teacher, partnerships with families are considered an important and integral part of the Head Start experience. Through these partnerships, parents are encouraged:
to become involved in all aspects of the Head Start program;
are empowered to become advocates for their children and themselves
to pursue the goals they have identified.
ecpic2In addition to partnering with parents, WestCOP’s Head Start program actively collaborates with a wide range of community agencies. These collaborations serve to ensure that resources are available for the children and families as they progress towards their goals.
Where possible, ChildcareCenter provides inspection reports as a service to families. This information is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed. We encourage families to contact the daycare provider directly with any questions or concerns, as the provider may have already addressed some or all issues. Reports can also be verified with your local daycare licensing office.
|Brief Description: for 3-year-old children: there must be one teacher for every seven children;|
|Brief Description: Whenever change(s), addition(s) or expansion(s) are proposed which will affect, or reasonably may be expected to affect, those portions of the building designated for the care of children or for their egress in case of an emergency, the licensee must receive written approval from the Office prior to initiating such change(s), addition(s), or expansion(s).|
|Brief Description: Suitable precautions must be taken to eliminate all conditions which may contribute to or create a fire hazard.|
|Brief Description: personnel information including a list of all staff with job assignments and schedules; Statewide Central Register clearance results; Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs background check forms; criminal history review information; staff resumes; medical statement, acceptable references and other information required by section 418-1.13 of this Subpart;|
|Brief Description: Buildings, systems and equipment must be kept in good repair and operate as designed.|
|Brief Description: Suitable precautions must be taken to eliminate all conditions in areas accessible to children which pose a safety or health hazard.|
|Brief Description: Protective caps, covers or permanently installed obstructive devices must be used on all electrical outlets that are accessible to children.|
|Brief Description: All window and door blind cords, ropes, wires and other strangulation hazards must be secured and inaccessible to children.|
|Brief Description: Each program must hold two shelter-in-place drills annually during which procedures and supplies are reviewed. Parents must be made aware of this drill in advance.|
|Brief Description: The provisions of section 413.4 shall apply to a volunteer only where the volunteer has the potential for regular and substantial contact with children enrolled in the program.|
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