Head Start Program

The Community House's Head Start program, established in 1983, facilitates school readiness for 144 preschool children ages 3 to 5 from income eligible families. School Readiness is defined as children possessing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning. We do this by supporting the child's development in a comprehensive way, including physical and mental health, as well as social, emotional, and cognitive development.

The program is licensed by the CT Office of Early Childhood and currently employs two service delivery models;

Part-Day: The part-day, part-year model is free of charge and is closely aligned with the public school calendar operating 190 days over 41 weeks.

Full-Day: The full-day, full-year model uses a state sliding scale for determining family fees. Priority is given to children of parents who are working or going to school. This program is open for 50 weeks and 235 days. The state's child care assistance program, Care 4 Kids, is accepted.

Enrollment is open, as available, to families who:

  • Live in West Haven;
  • Have a child/children who will be three or four-years-old by January 1 of the coming year;
  • Must meet Federal Income Eligiblity Guidelines. Click here to find out if you meet the guidelines
  • Or have a child of the required age with special needs.

Head Start supports children's growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services including:

Early Learning: Children's readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development.

Health: Each child's perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.

Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children's learning and development. Head Start programming is responsive to the ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage of each child and family.

To request an intake appointment, call 203-934-5221, ext 151


Head Start Contacts

Abel Padro,
(203) 934-5221 x152

Christina Mazzacane,
Assistant Director
(203) 934-5221 x155



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Resources & Partner Links

WH Board of Education

CT Head Start Assoc

CT Early Childhood Cabinet


New England Head Start Assoc

National Head Start Association

CT Office of Early Childhood

Office of Head Start

The Diaper Bank



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