Celebrating a Head Start on Learning

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Family, friends and staff looked on with pride as their children paraded into the decorated gym at the P.S. 152 Dyckman Valley School this past Tuesday for the school’s very first Head Start “Moving Up” ceremony. For these youngsters, who started the program as 3-year-olds and had never spent time away from their caregivers, moving up signifies so much growth in their development. They commemorated a year full of new books, skills, teachers and friends.

The Early Childhood program at P.S. 152, a Children’s Aid community school in Washington Heights, is still very much in its early years. The program expanded its presence in this community in 2011 with the implementation of Early Head Start at the school.  It later broadened its client base with the addition of Head Start in 2012 thanks to funding through ACS. “This year has been a dream realized,” said the school’s principal, Julia Pietri, of the first Head Start group at P.S. 152. Early Childhood services are also offered at community schools P.S. 5 and P.S. 8 in Washington Heights.

The Early Childhood program at The Children’s Aid Society strives to develop a lifelong love of learning in our communities youngest children beginning at birth. Its comprehensive approach focuses on meeting a child’s social, emotional, physical and developmental needs and improving parental engagement inside and outside the classroom.