Head Start

Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive preschool program designed for children ages 3 and 4 whose families meet federal income requirements in Jefferson County. Children in high risk environments or with special needs may be eligible regardless of income.

Every three years, Head Start conducts an assessment of community needs.  The assessment process includes the collection and analysis of data that serves as useful tool in aligning the Head Start program with the needs of local families and children.

Click here for the 2015 Community Assessment.

Universal Pre-K

Community Action Planning Council contracts with Watertown and Indian River School Districts to operate Universal Pre-K. There are no income guidelines. Parents may contact the school district office to apply, provided they live within the district.

The agency also operates a full-day Pre-K within the Watertown City School District.  Applications are randomly selected to fill available slots. Families must meet all eligibility requirements to be considered for this program.

Administrative Staff

Marie Ambrose, Head Start/UPK Director
Trish Gay, Family Service/Parent Involvement/ERSEA Specialist
Kathi Zecher, Health/Nutrition/Disabilities Specialist
Melissa Jenkins, Education/Mental Health Specialist
Colleen Butler, Transition/Transportation/Special Projects Specialists
Elaine Soper, Administrative Assistant

For more information about Head Start and Universal Pre-K programming click here.

Online Resources:

National Head Start Association
Office of Head Start
New York State Office of Children and Family Services