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Early Childhood Development

  Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency's Early Childhood Program provides support and services to hundreds of children and families in Cayuga County.  The Program includes Early Head Start, Head Start, 3PK and UPK and serves pregnant women and children aged 0-5 years. Children and their families are supported through a comprehensive program of health, education, nutrition, and family services. Program design is based on annual assessment of the needs of the community. We work closely in collaboration with the Auburn, Moravia, Southern Cayuga, and Cato school districts to focus on School Readiness Goals and New York State Early Learning Standards.  We have Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) partnerships with Auburn, Southern Cayuga, and Moravia, and a 3PK partnership with Auburn. Read more about Head Start's Early Learning Framework and view our Annual Outcomes Report.  



Parents as Partners
Head Start respects parents as their children's primary nurturers, teachers, and advocates. Family members are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom, participate in activities like parent workshops and family fun nights, and engage in decision-making about the program through Head Start Policy Council.

Quality Education
Head Start equips children with the basic skills necessary to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond. Our evidence-based curriculum encourages active learning in which students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas.

Health & Nutrition
Children enrolled in Head Start receive comprehensive health services, including
immunizations; physical, mental, dental, and developmental assessments and treatment, and nutritional services.

Family Services

Healthy children start with healthy families. Head Start helps families identify needs, access resources in the community, solve problems, and get ahead.

Head Start provides transportation to families within the designated loop.


We offer a diverse, inclusive learning environment for children from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Our approach is individualized based on the varying needs of each student. Children are recruited and enrolled in the program without regard to race, sex, creed, color, national origin, or special needs. Interested parents can call 252-0038 ext. 201.

    Contact Info:    


Site I – Administrative Offices, Domestic Violence Services, Energy Services,Family Developmet, Healthy Families
phone: 315-255-1703
    Site 2 -Early Childhood Development
phone: 315-252-0038
phone: 315-539-5647
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