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Mission Statement

Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.

CREC, along with Catholic Charities, The Village for Families and Children, and Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES), as partners, serve 426 children birth to 5 years, their families, and home based services for pregnant women, through the establishment of Head Start/Early Head Start programs in identified communities in Hartford and Middlesex counties.

The CREC Head Start and Early Head Start Program serves children based on need and eligibility according to the federal Head Start guidelines. Head Start programs serve children ages birth to five from low-income families, promote school readiness and support children’s growth and development of the whole child, in a positive learning environment. Comprehensive services include:

Early Learning: Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development

Health: All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.

Family Well-Being: Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.

Enrolling in CREC Head Start does not provide you direct enrollment into a CREC Magnet School.

Our Locations

LocationAges 0-2Ages 3-5Address
CREC North Campus 175 Enfield Street, Hartford
CREC South Campus261 Locust Street, Hartford
CREC Bloomfield Eric D. Coleman Center
1051 Blue Hills Ave, Bloomfield
CREC West 206 Collins Street, Hartford
Catholic Charities SS Cyril Child Center
45 Groton Street, Hartford
Catholic CharitiesInstitute for Hispanic Family
53 Wadsworth Street, Hartford
ACESAmerican Legion
82 W Main Street, Clinton
ACESSnow School
299 Wadsworth Street, Middletown
ACESValley View School
81 High Street, Portland
The VillageHome-based Services

Service Areas

Designated Early Head Start Service Areas (Ages 0-2)
Avon, Bloomfield, Canton, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartland, Hartford, Marlborough, Newington, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, South Windsor, Suffield, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks.

Designated Head Start Service Areas (Ages 3-5)
Avon, Bloomfield, Canton, East Granby, East Windsor, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartland, Hartford, Marlborough, Newington, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, South Windsor, Suffield, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks

Designated ACES Service Areas — Middlesex County
Cromwell, Portland, East Hampton, Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Haddam, E. Haddam, Chester, Deep River, Essex, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Killingworth.

Enrollment & Eligibility

Children from birth to age five from families with income at or below the poverty level, 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.

Pregnant women may also be eligible for Early Head Start.

Policy Council

More information will be coming soon!

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