Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency's Early Childhood Program is a federally funded program that provides support and services to hundreds of children and families in Cayuga County. Children and their families are supported through a comprehensive program of health, education, nutrition, and family services. We work closely in collaboration with the Auburn, Moravia, Southern Cayuga, Cato and Jordan-Elbridge school districts to focus on School Readiness Goals and New York State Early Learning Standards. We have Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) partnerships with Auburn, Southern Cayuga, Jordan-Elbridge, and Moravia.
The Early Childhood Program consists of the following three programs:
Early Head Start - a community-based program for low-income families with infants, toddlers and pregnant women, and serves children from birth to age 2.
Head Start - a program specifically for children ages 3 to 5, providing educational, health, nutritional, social and family support.
Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) - a state-funded program for 4-year-olds, one year prior to their entry into kindergarten.
Our Early Childhood Program staff work to build trusting, collaborative relationships with parents that allow for sharing and learning from each other. Staff work in partnership with each family, providing them with resources and information on how to access other local resources, and encourage families to set goals towards getting out of poverty. Head Start strives to empower families towards greater confidence, self-reliance, and independence to seek out necessary resources, thus becoming their family’s own advocate.
Families are involved in many aspects of the program including individualized family services, special events, parent trainings, and volunteering. Parent Committee meetings are scheduled at each site throughout the year. Participation may include serving on the parent board, known as the Policy Council.
Activities and Events
All services are free and transportation is available to those living in the designated transportation loop. Transportation is provided to families upon request for medical, dental and social service appointments.
The Agency's Early Childhood Program is committed to providing a safe commute for children to and from each center:
- Head Start drivers comply with NYS bus driver regulations and receive training in first aid and CPR
- There is at least one bus monitor on board at all times to assist and supervise children
- Bus monitors sing songs, play quiet games with children during the route
- Children are secured in seats equipped with child safety restraints
- Children are only released to individuals authorized by the parent
- Each bus is equipped with safety devices such as a two-way radio, first aid kit, fire extinguisher and seat belt cutters
The Family Services Component coordinates recruitment of eligible children for the program. Children are recruited and enrolled in the program without regard to race, sex, creed, color, national origin, or special needs. Interested parents can call 252-0038 ext. 260.