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Everyday Learning, Exploring and Growing

Head Start engages parents and children for school success.

WELCOME TO HEAD START COMMUNITY PROGRAM OF MORRIS COUNTY

Our Mission:

Head Start Community Program of Morris County partners with families to provide comprehensive support for child development and school readiness, from prenatal to kindergarten ages, for the community's most vulnerable children.

Our Vision:

To empower diverse families and strengthen communities.

Head Start’s comprehensive program goes far beyond basic child care services, meeting the educational, social, emotional, health and nutritional needs of its children and their families.

Who are we?

Congressman Malinowski and Mayor Blackma

Head Start is a federally funded child development program created in 1965 as part of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. The program is operated by local nonprofit organizations in almost every county in the country.

Why Head Start?

 

SERVICES

Pregnant women and children from birth through 18 months are served through a Home-Based Program. Children ages 18 months through three years attend a Center-Based Program at the Dover site. Preschoolers ages 3-5 attend a Center-Based Program at  the Dover or Morristown site.

 

Collaborative partnerships with Wharton Borough Public Schools and the Morris School District provide high-quality preschool programs for district students.

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Head Start offers both home-based and center-based programs, with comprehensive services to address the physical, health, nutritional, developmental, educational and social-emotional needs of young children and their families.

Head Start's Dover and Morristown centers are proud to have achieved a 4-STAR quality rating from NJ's Quality Rating Improvement System,  GROW NJ KIDS.

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THE DIFFERENCE

The overall philosophy of the Early Head Start/Head Start Program is to bring about a greater degree of social competence in children of low-income families. Social competence means the child’s everyday effectiveness in dealing with both the present environment and later responsibilities in school and in life.

Head Start also offers an EXTENDED CARE PROGRAM to provide safe, loving care on site after the regular program day.

What’s the Buzz

Outreach flyer 

  • Head Start 2020 Self-Assessment – Program Improvement Plan

Self-Assessment Report

Extended Care Program

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Community Assessment Report

  

Why Head Start?

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Positions Available at Head Start

Our teachers and staff are passionate about the cognitive, social and emotional development of children. 

We  frequently recruit equally passionate and enthusiastic educational and program staff to join our team.

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Head Start Community Program of Morris County partners with families to provide comprehensive support for child development and school readiness, from prenatal to kindergarten ages, for the community’s most vulnerable children.

Our vision is to empower diverse families and strengthen communities.

Head Start is a federally funded child development program created in 1965 as part of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. The program is operated by local nonprofit organizations in almost every county in the country. 

The Head Start Community Program of Morris County was also founded in 1965 with a summer program for 45 economically disadvantaged preschool children. The organization now provides services to pregnant women and 333 children from birth through five years. 

Pregnant women and children from birth through 18 months are served through a Home-Based Program. Children ages 18 months through three years attend a Center-Based program at the Dover site. Preschoolers ages 3-5 attend Center-Based programs at sites in Dover, Morris Plains/Parsippany, or Wharton. 

Head Start’s comprehensive program goes far beyond basic child care services, meeting the educational, social, emotional, health and nutritional needs of its children and their families.

By making a tax-deductible contribution to Head Start Community Program of Morris County (a registered 501(c)3 organization), you will be helping the area’s most vulnerable pregnant women and young children meet their educational, social, emotional, health and nutritional needs. Contributions of any size are welcome and acknowledged. 

Checks may be sent to: Head Start Community Program of Morris County 18 Thompson Ave., Dover, NJ 07801 

Using PayPal, you can donate to Head Start online. Even if you are not registered with PayPal, you can pay via your MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express or a bank card. 

The Head Start model includes a strong emphasis on community partnerships. We engage in Memorandums of Understanding with local community agencies assist with physical and mental health services, program referrals, and community resource access for our families. A wealth of organizations and individuals also provide donations of funds or in-kind resources to support our children, families and help the organization to fulfill its mission. 

Locations

Dover Head Start - Organizational Headquarters

18 Thompson Ave

Dover, New Jersey 07801

Administration: (973) 989-1430
Admission/Social Services: (973) 989-9052
Fax: (973) 328-3306

Head Start Center at Central Avenue Complex

1 Medical Drive

Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Administration: (973) 989-1430

Admission/Social

Services: (973) 989-9052

Fax: (973) 328-3306

Head Start at Duffy Elementary School

137 East Central Avenue

Wharton, NJ 07855

Administration: (973) 989-1430

Admission/Social

Services: (973) 989-9052

Fax: (973) 328-3306

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