Early Head Start and Head Start

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Gateway Head Start/EHS offers a school readiness program for children ages 0-5 at locations throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and Mercer counties in New Jersey, as well as Early Head Start locations across Philadelphia, Pa. Transportation is available at many sites. Services may be free to eligible families. Refer to the list below for locations and ages served.

About Head Start/What We Do

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 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 the following domains:
language and literacy;
cognition and general knowledge;
physical development and health;
social and emotional development; and
approaches to learning.
Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with families that support:
family well-being and positive parent-child relationships;
families as learners and lifelong educators;
family engagement in transitions;
family connections to peers and community; and
families as advocates and leaders.
Head Start Services
Head Start serves preschool-age children and their families. Many Head Start programs also provide Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the federal poverty level.

Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of the local community. Programs may be based in:

centers or schools that children attend for part-day or full-day services;
family child care homes; and/or
children's own homes, where a staff person visits once a week to provide services to the child and family. Children and families who receive home-based services gather periodically with other enrolled families for a group learning experience facilitated by Head Start staff.
Over a million children are served by Head Start programs every year, including children in every U.S. state and territory and in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Since 1965, more than 30 million low-income children and their families have received these comprehensive services to increase their school readiness.


Three Minutes in a Head Start Classsroom

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Celebrating 55 Years of Head Start in New Jersey

History of Head Start

What is Early Head Start?

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is simple:

·   to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women,

·   to enhance the development of very young children, and

·   to promote healthy family functioning.

EHS evolved out of Head Start's long history of providing services to infants and toddlers through Parent Child Centers, Comprehensive Child Development Centers (CCDPs) and Migrant Head Start programs. Recent advances in the field of infant development make this an especially exciting time to have Head Start formally expand its family to include the provision of Early Head Start services.

In 1994, the Secretary of Health and Human Services formed an Advisory Committee on Services for Families with Infants and Toddlers to design EHS. EHS evolved out of Head Start's long history of providing services to infants and toddlers through Parent and Child Centers, Comprehensive Child Development Centers (CCDPs), Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs, and other early child development and family support efforts serving families with very young children. Recent advances in the field of infant development make EHS services so important.
Head Start/EHS Public Information

Click below for the most recent Gateway Head Start Annual Report

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Atlantic  City Head Start Center
Gateway Head Start Early Education Center, 1433 Bacharach Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ


Ewing Head Start sign
Ewing/Lawrence Head Start, 100 Scotch Road, Ewing NJ

ACCC Gateway Head Start/ELC
5046 E. Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
(609) 837-0021 
Director - Shirley Woody    

Gateway Head Start Early Education Center
1433 Bacharach Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401-4417
(609) 487-4540
Directors - Amara Azad and Jamie Spence

Galloway Head Start
28 S. New York Rd., Ste. C
Smithville, NJ 08205
(609) 380-2544
Director - Dionna Reed

Hammonton Head Start
150 Sports Drive
Lake & Park Avenue
Hammonton, NJ 08037
(609) 385-9474
Director - Juan Uribe

Buena Vista Head Start
661 Jackson Road
Newtonville, NJ 08346
(609) 666-5263
Director - Juan Uribe

Linwood Early Education Center
2115 New Road
Linwood, NJ 08221
(609) 385-9476
Director - Paola Puerta

Pleasantville Head Start
49 S. Main St.
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
(609) 241-6663
Director - Zobaria Ansari

Egg Harbor Township Head Start
3048 Spruce Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) 382-7830
Director - Maria Gomez

Woodbine Head Start
406 Monroe Avenue
Woodbine, NJ 08270
(856) 291-5280
Director - Karen Houser

Villas Early Education Center
700 Bayshore Rd. 
Villas, NJ 08251
(609) 435-5146
Director - Gregory Johnson

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Penns Grove Head Start sign
Penns Grove Head Start Center, 11 N. Broad St., Penns Grove, NJ

Cheryl Chadwick Early Learning Center/Early Head Start
10 Washington St.
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Director- Britney Akilli

Glassboro Head Start

35 Sewell Street
Glassboro, NJ 08028
(856) 307-2299, fax (856) 307-5337
Director -Nikiemma Brown

Paulsboro Head Start
901 N. Delaware Avenue
Paulsboro, NJ 08066
(856) 423-7096, fax (856) 423-4035
Director - Pauletta Jackson 

Penns Grove II Early Head Start/Head Start Early Childhood Learning Center
11 N. Broad St.
Penns Grove, NJ 08069
(856) 351-0268 FAX (856) 351-0269
Director - Dionne Pitts

River's Edge Head Start
110 Cohansey St.
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 455-6394 fax 453-8016
Director - Damita White Morris

Swedesboro Head Start
1225 Kings Highway
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
(856) 241-8590 fax 241-8593
Director -Zoraida  Vargas

Vineland II Head Start
237 W. Chestnut Ave. 
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 692-7239 fax 692-0503
Director - Ebony Harmon

Vineland III Head Start
116 Elmer Street
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 691-5838, fax (856) 691-5925
Director - Maria Agudelo Muhammad

Williamstown II Head Start

St. Matthews Community Center
245 Glassboro Road (RT. 322)
PO Box 838
Williamstown, NJ 08094
(856) 262-9438 Fax (856) 262-9358
Director - Betzaida Gomez

Little Cherubs Head Start
169 Wilfred Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08610
(609) 393-6360, fax (609)393-7721
Director - Antoinette Simms

Galssboro Head Start sign
Glassboro Head Start, 35 Sewell St., Glassboro, NJ

Twin Rivers Head Start
569 Abbington Drive
East Windsor, NJ 08520
(609) 443-1707, fax (609) 443-9577
Director - Gabriela Porcayo

Hamilton I Head Start
John O. Wilson Neighborhood Center
169 Wilfred Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08610
(609) 393-7030, fax (609)393-5125
Director - Aline Skaff

Hamilton II Head Start
1801 E. State Street Extension
Bromley Civic Center
Hamilton, NJ 08609
(609) 587-4544, fax (609) 587-9052
Director - Antoinette Simms

Ewing/Lawrence Head Start Early Learning Center
100 Scotch Road
Ewing NJ 08628
(609) 771-4076. fax (609) 771-1242
Director - Theresa Carroll

(COMING SOON!) Gateway Early Head Start Administrative Offices
5101 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Gateway Infant-Toddler Learning Center
3921 North 5th Street, Suite 2
Philadelphia, PA 19140

(215) 209-3707
Director - Sharon Lucas

Gateway-Brightside Academy Early Head Start Partnership (Philadelphia)
Director - Raejean Bristol 

C & Allegheny EHS Partnership
341 East Allegheny Avenue 
Philadelphia, PA 19134 
15) 291-5525
Academy Director - TBD
Assistant Academy Director -Troy Sanders

Meadow Street EHS Partnership
1627 Meadow Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19124 
15) 289-0641
Academy Director - Nikia Ridley
Assistant Academy Director - Anissa Daniel 

 Front & Erie EHS Partnership
111 West Erie Avenue
 Philadelphia, PA 19140 
(215) 634-1970
Assistant Academy Director - Angela 

4920 North Broad EHS Partnership
4920 North Broad Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19141 
(215) 457-5708


Williamstown Administrative Office

854 Glassboro Road
Williamstown, NJ 08094
(856) 740-6743, fax (856) 740-4821

Central North Head Start Administration
690 Whitehead Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 393-5655

Central South Head Start Administration
110 Cohansey St.
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 453-0803, fax (856) 453-8016