Families learning and growing together from pregnancy to preschool

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Head Start Fall Reopening Plan: Head Start is planning to move forward providing our traditional pre-COVID services when we reopen centers in September 2021. Virtual services will be discontinued as an option for families. Classrooms located within the school buildings will be following the guidelines set by the Board of Education. 

  • Cherry Valley
  • Cooperstown
  • Laurens
  • Morris
  • Oneonta/256 River Street
  • Oneonta/SUNY Oneonta
  • Richfield Springs
  • Schenevus
  • Unadilla

Home-based Early Head Start is currently providing home visits to families and will transition fully to in person services starting August 1, 2021.Virtual services will be discontinued at that time.

Center-based Early Head Start at 256 River Street is operating in-person.  They will transition to full day programming beginning June 14, 2021.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in Head Start or Early Head Start you may fill out the application online, contact us at 607.433.8063, or email hfay@ofoinc.org. Head Start eligibility is based on income; however, with many families having lost wages due to COVID-19, those who would not have been eligible before may now qualify. Children must be turning three years old to enroll in Head Start center-based services.

Opportunities for Otsego offices remain closed to clients; however, families may call 607.433.8055 or leave a message at 607.433.8000 to request assistance with program-specific needs or with general questions.  Families may also call or text home visiting staff for assistance.

Updates will be posted here and on Opportunities for Otsego Facebook page.

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Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded comprehensive early childhood development programs serving low-income children from ages birth to five and their families throughout Otsego County.

Early Head Start programs promote healthy pregnancy, enhance the development of very young children, assist with coordinating children's medical and dental visits, and guide you through the choices that lead to a healthy family. Early Head Start is available to the family until the child turns 3 years old and is ready to transition into Head Start or another early childhood program.

Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of three and four year old children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Oneonta Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) program is offered in collaboration with Oneonta City School District. UPK is a high-quality educational program that prepares your four-year-old for future school success by developing strong foundational skills in early literacy and numeracy. To be eligible for this free program, the child must reside in the Oneonta School District area and must turn four years of age by December 1st of the program year.

Services offered:

  • Early Head Start Home-based: We make weekly visits to your home in Otsego County and offer monthly socializations where your children can enjoy a light snack and some fun activities.
  • Early Head Start Center-based: 12 month program offered to children 18 months to three years old offered for 6 hours
  • Head Start part day or full day: 10 month program offered for 3-6.5 hours
  • UPK part day: 10 month program offered for 2.5 hours

Center-Based Services Family Handbook

Home-Based Services Family Handbook

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Summary of Community Resources

Educational Websites for Children

Resources for Wellness

Mental Health Resources


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Educational Websites for Children

ABC Mouse: Learning games for children age 2-8. Free access with code “AOFLUNICEF”

Noggin: Download the app and sign up for 90 days of free access to preschool shows.

Sesame Street: Online story books, games, handouts and coloring pages featuring the Sesame street characters. 

PBS Kids: Online story books, games, handouts and coloring pages based on the PBS children’s shows. (e.g. Sid the Science Kid, Curious George, Bubble Guppies) Parents can also sign up for an activity newsletter.

Nick Jr: Free access to Nickelodeon Jr TV shows and educational preschool games 

Georgia Aquarium: Take a virtual tour and explore their webcams to see piranhas, jellyfish, sea lions and more.

NASA: View pictures and videos of astronauts, planets and other wonders of outer space.

Audio Books: Online access to children’s books read by various authors. Just scroll down the page and click on the story you would like to hear.

Storyline Online: Online access to hundreds of books read aloud by actors/actresses. 

Switch Zoo: Learn fun facts about lions, tigers, bears, rabbits, and other animals around the world by playing online or downloading the app.

Kids Nat Geo: Learn about all types of animals from the American Robin to the Zebra through games and videos.

April the Giraffe: Watch the live camera to see the Giraffe’s at the Animal Adventure Park.

Starfall: A variety of activities for preschool children to learn letter sounds, colors, nursery rhymes and many other skill areas.

Utica Zoo: Visit the Utica use online and watch the live cam of the Tamarin or follow links to craft activities, worksheets and coloring pages.

Explore: Choose any one of the live web cams to explore the world, like the Northern Lights, the Mississippi River, and even Hawaii.  

Amazon Prime: Free educational children’s shows to stream.  These are for children ages 2-11 years old.

Powerful Mothering: An online article that contains fun activity ideas for toddlers.

 

Resources for Wellness

A breathing video for all to enjoy

A breathing video to help children to calm themselves

Mindful Meditation with monkey

Songs to help children follow directions and dance their wiggles away.

Yoga time fun for the whole family

Yoga time Jungle safari

Nursery rhymes and lullabies to help children relax and rest

Relaxing music for stress relief

 

Mental Health Resources

Otsego County Mental Health Clinic – 607.433.2334 for outpatient therapy

Mobile Crisis assessment Team (MCAT) – 1.844.732.6228 – A team of people who will come to your home to provide emergency mental health needs.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1.800.273.8255 - Provides resources and support for those in distress. 

Warm Line - 607.433.0661 or 1.800.377.3281 – Call if you need to talk when you feel sad and lonely.  This is not a crisis hotline.

National Head Start Association Information Guide