Head Start


What is Head Start?

Early learning centers in Middletown, Newburgh and Port Jervis support the comprehensive development of children in the centers and in their own homes. Development-focused services include:

Early Learning – Teachers facilitate individualized learning experiences to promote children’s readiness for school and beyond.  Through planned and spontaneous instruction, relationships with adults, and play, children grow in language and literacy, early math and science concepts, and social and emotional development.

Health – Children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support.  Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services, and 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.

A typical day and the skills we focus on:

  • Arrival and greetings
  • Group time – songs, finger plays, news for the day, music and movement, sharing and recording ideas, cognitive development
  • Mealtime – self-help, table manners
  • Tooth brushing – personal hygiene
  • Choice time and small groups – planning, cooperation, independence, problem solving, fine motor development, cognitive (thinking)
  • Clean up – cooperation, responsibility
  • Hand washing – personal hygiene, self-help skills, independence
  • Mealtime – self-help, table manners
  • Outdoor choice time – large muscle activity choices
  • Story time – language, literacy, and listening
  • Closing and departures

Annual Report 2016: Head Start Annual Report 2016

Our schools

(Main office)
96 North Beacon Street, Middletown NY 10940
(845) 343-4191
Fax: (845) 956-1271
Email: cdiaz@recap.org
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

240 Midland Lakes Road, Middletown, NY 10941
(845) 692-6567
Fax: (845) 692-6585
Email: mtaggart@recap.org
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-4:00PM

31 West Main Street, Port Jervis NY 12771
Email: rcox@recap.org
(845) 856-6821
Fax: (845) 856-8176
Email: rcox@recap.org
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-4:00PM

Meet our staff



Enrollment occurs each year before the fall semester begins. Feel free to call us if you have any questions.

Non-discrimination statement 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at the USDA office, or call (866)632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.