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Head Start Child Development

114 Lark St.
Cobleskill, NY 12043-3846

(518) 234-7521


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All children have Child Development Plans (CDP) which are individualized to their abilities and needs. Parents are also involved in CDP’s planning progress. Parent teacher conferences are held regularly. Referrals are made for any child who needs additional help or who may have special needs. Children who excel are involved in enrichment activities. All children’s abilities and needs are respected, encouraged and nurtured.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Schoharie County Child Development Council(S.C.C.D.C) is dedicated to serving families in their physical, social, emotional and academic environments. SCCDC recognizes and encourages individual talents and capabilities in safe, nurturing and structured surroundings where children and families can achieve their personal goals.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Children arrive between 7-8:30 depending on program and classroom. They have free play until breakfast is served. They day consists of circle time, science, literacy/reading, art, dramatic play and outside play weather permitting and if full day nap time. The day is structured according to child interests and also curriculum expectations. Hot breakfast and lunch are served. Afternoon snack is served for full days.

Individualized Child Development Plans incorporate the individual child’s interests and education needs. Parents are involved in planning for their children. Kindergarten readiness is stressed in 4-5 year olds.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open houses and special events are planned to include families. Family of the Week encourages individual families to come to class and talk about their unique family. Parent teacher meetings are held and newsletters and written correspondence is sent home regularly. In infant toddler rooms parent notification forms are used each day to notify parents of how the child’s day progressed. Parents are involved in their child’s education through the planning process for their child. Annual Outcome reports are given to parents at years end to provide information about growth in the school year.

A Parent Advisory Board is established for interested parents and meets monthly. Head Start parents have Policy Council as their advisory and decision-making group which meets monthly. Parent education classes are also held.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

All Head Start families receive home visits prior to the start of school. Parents are invited to attend school at anytime. Separation is handled gradually including shorter days. Children moving from one classroom to another have a favorite teacher attend their new classroom on small visits to help the transition. Welcome Days are held for all preschool children entering the program for the first time. Welcome Days include visits to playgrounds, classrooms, all areas of the building and include bus rides.