To encourage economic stability, social justice, and the promotion of healthy lives and families, Opportunities for Otsego offers the following services and programs to residents of Otsego County. Download our Agency Brochure
Early Childhood Services:
Building Healthy Families is a comprehensive assessment and home-visiting program for pregnant and new parents. The program supports parent-child bonding, child health and development, and family self-sufficiency by reducing the stress that comes with parenting. Families involved with Building Healthy Families are offered services until their child enters Head Start or Kindergarten.
Early Head Start is a community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. The program promotes healthy prenatal outcomes, enhances child development, and promotes healthy family functioning. Families involved with Early Head Start are offered services until their child enters Head Start.
Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program that helps children from low-income families develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. The program promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children ages 3 through 5.
The Children's Center provides drop-in day care for children 6 weeks-12 years of age whose caregivers have business in Family Court. The goal of the program is to protect children from witnessing the complicated issues discussed in the court room and allow parents to focus on addressing their needs.
Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) offers four year old children access to high-quality prekindergarten programs that prepare them for future school success by developing strong foundational skills in early literacy and numeracy.
Energy Opportunities partners with a number of statewide programs to offer energy efficiency services. Partner programs, such as EmPower NY and Assisted Home Performance, promote energy conservation to make homes more energy efficient, affordable, comfortable, and safe.
HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) is a federally funded program, administered through local counties, that assists income-eligible households in meeting their winter heating costs. The program can support payment for electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal, or other heating fuels.
Weatherization assists income-eligible households in reducing their heating and cooling costs by installing energy efficient devices and systems. The program provides more comfortable, safer, and energy efficient homes and reduces our carbon footprint and demand for foreign oil.
Health & Nutrition Services:
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five. The program is linked to positive birth outcomes and enhances the overall health of pregnant women, new mothers, and infants.
Housing and Employment Services
Emergency Housing provides comprehensive, goal-focused services to at-risk and homeless households to promote retention and maintenance of safe, stable, affordable housing and access to support services and individualized, integrated case management.
Wheels to Work is a transportation assistance program designed to support income eligible households in acquiring safe, reliable transportation so adults may get to and from work or job training programs. The program assists low-income adults in attaining and maintaining employment through acquisition of resources and case management.
The Violence Intervention Program (VIP) provides comprehensive support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes. The program promotes safe environments, self-determination, self-worth and envisions a future where people are free from abuse and oppression.