PATERSON -- Greater Bergen Community Action (GBCA) Head Start/Early Head Start preschool program has open enrollment for children ages 0 to 5 who come from low-income families. Early Head Start serves children from infancy through age 3, and Head Start serves children ages 3 through 5. The programs are available at no cost to the children and their families.

With three locations in Paterson, GBCA's Head Start program prepares its youngsters socially and academically for kindergarten through a researched-based curriculum. The program follows both state and federal guidelines, and is staffed with certified teachers, family workers, and healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals.

Studies show that children who attend a preschool program build a stronger desire to learn long after preschool, and have an overall positive experience with school.

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All Head Start/Early Head Start children are provided:

•           FREE educational, vision, dental, health and developmental screenings

•           FREE diapers and formula

•           FREE and nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack throughout the school day

Head Start/Early Head Start is a family based program and offers additional educational programs for the parents. Free programs and classes such as English as a Second Language classes, USA Citizenship classes, and parenting classes are available year-round. GBCA Head Start/Early Head Start provides comprehensive infant, toddler, and child development services that embraces the entire family to help guide them to become self-sufficient.


About GBCA's Head Start/Early Head Start


GBCA's Head Start/Early Head Start programs are open to all income eligible families. All services are responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. GBCA Head Start/Early Head Start families gain easy access to all appropriate services and programs of GBCA, including housing, education and financial/banking resources. For more information or to enroll, go to