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Committee For Early Childhood Development Head Start

193-04 Jamaica Avenue
Hollis, NY 11423

(718) 464-2422


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We follow the High Scope curriculum model. High Scope states that children learn best when they are actively involved. Playing is what preschool-aged children do and CECD Head Start fully supports that philosophy.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers write monthly Individual Lesson Plans for every child. This helps teachers focus on specific activities for children who need help or are excelling.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Committee for Early Childhood Development Head Start utilizes a complete child development program. We target the child's whole learning environment, including health, nutrition, literacy, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
We believe that parents are a child's first teacher, since they have the greatest influence on and responsibility for their child. Regular home visits and parent conferences help us provide continual opportunities for parents to develop competence in parenting and child development and help increase parents' self-respect and confidence in the process.
The curriculum model at CECD is High /Scope. The main point of this curriculum is the belief that all children, regardless of age or ability, are able to make decisions and solve problems. Active learning is a key ingredient in this philosophy. Children learn better when they initiate the learning rather than being traditionally ?instructed? by the teacher. The classroom environment is success oriented. Children learn through repetition, new experiences, and self-individualized activities. Each child learns at a different rate and in different ways.
Our program's success is built upon an atmosphere of teamwork, cooperation, and communication. Equally important is the trust, respect, and confidence our team has for each other, regardless of cultural and/or ethnic background.
We at Committee for Early Childhood Development Head Start are committed to the philosophy that all children can learn. Therefore all preschool children between the ages of three and five years old living in this community deserve a comprehensive program of activities designed to stimulate and foster a readiness for learning
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day


7:30 â?? 7:45 Arrival/Soft Circle
7:45 â?? 8:15 Breakfast
8:15 â?? 8:30 Tooth Brushing
8:30 â?? 9:00 Group Games
9:00 â?? 9:30 Circle Time
9:30 â?? 10:40 Work Time
10:40 â?? 11:00 Story Time
11:00 â?? 11:30 Outdoor Time/Gross Motor
11:30 â?? 12:15 Lunch Time
12:15 â??12:45 Music and Movement
12:45 â?? 1:00 Prepare for Dismissal
1:00 Dismissal

12:30 â?? 1:05 Arrival/Lunch Time
1:05 â?? 1:25 Circle Time
1:25 â?? 2:25 Work Time
2:25 â?? 2:45 Story Time
2:45 â?? 3:10 Outdoor Time/Gross Motor
3:10 â?? 3:30 Finger plays
3:30 â?? 4:00 Group Games
4:00 â?? 4:20 Snack Time
4:20 â?? 4:35 Tooth brushing
4:35 â?? 5:00 Music and Movement
5:00 â?? 5:20 Closing Circle
5:20 â?? 5:45 Quiet Activities
5:45 â?? 6:00 Prepare for Dismissal
6:00 Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent orientation is held at the time of registration. Parent meetings are conducted monthly. Home visits and parent/teacher conferences are scheduled at least twice a year. The Educational Director, Family Service staff and teachers are always available to discuss a child.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to stay with their child for the first few days, if necessary. The teachers work with each child to make him/her feel welcome and secure. A sense of trust is established early on.