Our Early Childhood Education services support children and their families throughout Albany County. Services are targeted to children and families classified as: low income, homeless, and foster care; as well as those receiving Public Assistance and Social Security Supplemental Income; children of teen mothers, single parents, and children with a disability are prioritized. Our Early Childhood Education services follow a two generational approach, where the needs of the child and parents/family are addressed. The goal of this approach is for each child to meet or exceed child/educational readiness expectations upon entering kindergarten and sustain this success through their educational experience. ACAP childhood services operate with strict adherence to a number of licensing and/or regulatory requirements. These include: NYS Office of Children and Family Services, NYS Department of Education, the Office of Head Start, and the NYS Unified Court System.
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A comprehensive educational program for qualified children ages 3 and 4 throughout Albany County. Head Start provides comprehensive health, nutrition, dental, mental health, parent involvement, education and family development services. Center-based children receive two-thirds of the recommended daily nutritional allowances through breakfast and lunch provided at Head Start. Head Start programs create positive, long-lasting outcomes by meeting critical needs and offering families new possibilities. Click here for more information!
Early Head Start
Early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services for infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. This program offers children a wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities in a warm, nurturing environment with dedicated and educated teachers and staff members. Along with learning activities, the center provides nutritious meals, opportunities for rest and napping, as well as time to engage in fine and gross motor activities. Click here for more information!
Family Court Children’s Center
A drop-in center in collaboration with the Unified Court system for the Albany County Family Courthouse providing a safe environment for children 6-weeks to 12-years of age to play and learn during parent/guardian court appointments. Services are available only for children of parents/families with court business and hours of service are part-time, they do not cover all hours that the court is in session. The center’s early childhood staff help to make the families feel comfortable before and after court appearances. Families can register their child with center staff prior to their court appearance. The center has specific areas designated for painting, music, blocks, eating snacks, taking naps, computers and more.