Early Childhood Education Division (ECED)

The Home Page for ECED Services

 

Click here for a list of locations:

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL US AT (646) 745-5804

We encourage you to join us for Touring Tuesdays every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM to tour our facilities, meet our outstanding staff, and see for yourself what makes our program unique.


CMCS provides Early Childhood Services in:
• Early Head Start -  Home and Center Based
• Early Head Start – Family Child Care
• Head Start -   Home and Center Based
• Pre-K and 3K
• Department of Education (DOE) Family Childcare

Our programs operate with the same goals in mind:
• Develop fine and gross motor skills
• Develop language skills
• Develop an interest and love of reading, the arts, natural sciences, and the world around them
• Building strong relationships with peers
• Develop strong interpersonal and socialization skills

WHO CAN APPLY?

Early Head Start and Head Start eligibility is based on family income, housing status, foster-care status, and public assistance. Eligibility for Family Childcare DOE is based on the family income of working families and/or student status (full- or part-time).   


HOW TO APPLY:

You can schedule an appointment at any site between 8:00AM and 4:00PM to fill out an application.  Please bring the following documents with you if you have them available:


• Certified Birth Certificate
• Proof of Income
• Proof of Address

Head Start Programs
Home and Center Based
Since 2009, Head Start has been a part of the CMCS family and has grown to serve over 1,000 children and families in the Bronx.  Head Start programs continue to strive to ensure children receive quality educational, health and nutritional services in a classroom setting.  The goal of the program is to improve the lives of low-income children and families by providing exceptional preschool education to 3 and 4 year olds in full day session.
Emphasis is also placed on family enrichment through engaging parents in their children’s learning and helping parents progress toward their educational, literacy, and employment goals.  In addition, the program offers support services to parents to enable them to help their children thrive in school.

Cardinal McCloskey Early Childhood Education Division:
Early Head Start:
The Early Head Start program, under Head Start continues to strive to ensure children receive quality educational, health, nutritional, and social services in a classroom and home environment. The goal of the program is to improve the lives of low-income children and families.  We provide exceptional infant and toddler education to pregnant women, infant, and toddlers in center based full day, family childcare, and home base sessions.

CMCS Early Head Start program has been a part of the CMCS family under Head Start grant since 2018 and has grown, servicing infant and toddlers.   We have a new site for Center Based Early Head Start services opening soon in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx!
Emphasis is placed on family enrichment through engaging parents in their children’s learning and helping parent’s progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals.
In addition, the program offers support services to parents to enable them to help their children thrive in school and be their child’s first teacher.

For more information on Early Head Start Services please call 914-539-5464.
Early Head Start Family Child Care (FCC)
CMCS currently operates a Family Child Care under Early Head Start.  Infants and toddlers that qualify for Early Head Start services have the opportunity to enroll in Family Child Care for children ages 2 months to 3 years, on a daily basis. 

All the families we serve live in the South Bronx.  Many of the current families served are low income families working in vocational or accredited educational programs, and newly immigrated families that live in shelters and need FREE family childcare services.
Every child participating in one of our Family Daycare programs is enrolled in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to ensure that they receive nutritional meals, snacks, and Infant Formula.  The providers also offer free diapers and wipes.  In addition, our CMCS Family Child Care Developmental Specialist and Health Manager work in conjunction with the Family Childcare providers, to provide individual and group trainings to the child care providers as well as technical assistance and support to enhance their services to the children in their care. This valuable program allows parents to enter the workforce and be assured that their children are safe and secure.
For more information on our EHS Family Child Care Services call 914-539-5464.

EarlyLearn Family Child Care Programs –DOE
CMCS currently operates a Family Child Care network and our Group Day Care centers. Our Family Day Care Program is the largest provider of subsidized child care in New York City, for children ages 6 weeks to 13 years, on a daily basis. We have a long-standing history of service throughout the Bronx and have been in operation since 1973.

The families we serve live in one of the five boroughs of New York City, with the majority of the recipients of services residing in the Bronx. Many of the current families served are low income families working in vocational or accredited educational programs and/or have physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges that prevent them from adequately meeting the needs of their children without additional supports.
Our staff provides support to the families and providers and function as liaisons and advocates for the children in their care. With this direct support and supervision, the family child care network provides comprehensive service to each family receiving services and each child care provider. Every child participating in one of our day care programs is enrolled in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to ensure that they receive nutritional meals and snacks. In addition, CMCS offers individual and group trainings to the child care providers as well as technical assistance and support to enhance their services to the children in their care. This valuable program allows parents to enter the workforce and be assured that their children are safe and secure.

For more information on our Family Child Care programs call (718) 402-0081 ext. 238.
Early Head Start- Home Base Model
Early Head Start Home Base services are provided through weekly home visits to each enrolled child and family. The home visitor provides child-focused visits that promote the parents' ability to support their child's development. These visits are 90 minutes each on a weekly basis.  Many of the current families served are low income families working in vocational or accredited educational programs and/or have physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges. The program offers opportunities for parents and children to come together as a Socialization Group for learning, discussion, and social activity.

Early Head Start Home Base Pregnancy Support Model
CMCS’ Home Base Pregnancy Model’s mission is to serve pregnant women and their families and to provide services for the child and family upon delivery. The goal is to provide early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services. We offer weekly 90-minute home visits, and once a month socialization groups to the Pregnant Women.

The goal of the Pregnancy Support Model is to provide the best opportunity for:
• healthy pregnancies and positive childbirth outcomes
• supportive postpartum care for the parents and child
• fathers to become fully involved in the lives of their very young children
• supporting and enhancing parent child attachments
• parents to develop as nurturing and responsive caregivers during infancy

For more information about our Family Child Care programs call 914-539-5464.

Pre-K and 3K for All
CMCS has partnered with New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) to provide services in Pre-K for All for 4 year olds and 3k for 3 year olds in some of our site locations.  Please call the site in which you are interested to learn if DOE services are offered.  Please note, you may have to apply to both the DOE, as well our program, to enroll; and, NYC DOE has specific enrollment deadlines.

 

Click HERE to view the 2013-2014 CMCS Head Start Annual Report.

Click HERE to view the 2014-2015 CMCS Head Start Annual Report

Click HERE to view the 2015-2016 CMCS Head Start Annual Report

Click HERE to view the 2016-2017 CMCS Head Start Annual Report

Click HERE to view the 2017-2018 CMCS Head Start Annual Report