Head Start Program

We implement the Head Start Program to meet the needs of low-income families and children with special needs. The primary goal of the program is to enhance the overall development of the children - namely, their social, emotional, cultural, intellectual, cognitive, and linguistic growth - so that they will grow up into "whole" persons. Therefore, the program aims at creating a nurturing environment and exploratory experiences for children from three to four years of age. The program facilitates their overall developmental growth, promoting early literacy and English language fluency, and establishing a healthy learning foundation to prepare children for school. Comprehensive services are provided to children and their families by licensed professional consultants in areas of health, mental health, and nutrition. The Head Start Program also establishes close partnerships with other community agencies to enhance services provided to children and families.

So that families can foster a positive relationship with education together, the Head Start Program emphasizes parent involvement and engagement in meaningful ways. Parents may sit on the Policy Council, which was set up to empower parents by giving them an opportunity to become involved in the program administration and decision-making process. Parents are also encouraged to participate in inter-generational classroom activities. For example, they may serve as volunteers in the classroom so that they become active participants in their children's everyday learning and obtain a better understanding of their children's learning and progress. For parents of children with special needs, BCA also provides assistance and support by assisting families through the referral and evaluation process to secure special education services for their children.

Useful Resources:
BCA 2022 DOE Head Start Program Annual Report

BCA 2023 Head Start Program Annual Report

Head Start Program Sites:
757 60th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11220 871 50th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11220

Location: 5000 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11220
Telephone: (718) 438-0008
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 9:00AM–5:00PM