Long Island Head Start
Central Administration
98 Austin Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
Phone (631) 758-5200
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
About Long Island Head Start
L.I. Child and Family Development Services Inc., dba Long Island Head Start, is a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Training has always been an integral part of the Head Start initiative and many use the Head Start opportunity to develop their skills. Head Start works in collaboration with community agencies to provide needed services and makes extensive use of volunteers, including the Board of Directors, the Policy Council, retired senior citizens, high school and college students, and other community members. Parents are key volunteers in each of the centers and regularly assist in defining and carrying out policies and programs.
Long Island Head Start/Early Head Start operates on the premise that all children benefit from a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program and strong families, and that families carry the primary responsibility for the growth and development of their children. Therefore, in addition to its early child development program, Head Start reinforces parenting skills and assists parents to become self-sufficient.
The first Head Start program in Suffolk County began in 1966 to provide children from low-income families with a pre-school experience to give them an equal opportunity for success in the public school system. Head Start was designed to be a comprehensive child development program, which also involved parents in educational, training, and job skill programs, as well as in the decision-making process of the program.
The first programs in Suffolk County were grass-roots summer programs, involving parents and other community volunteers in securing sites, designing programs, staffing the centers and constructing much of the equipment. These Head Start programs were considered pilot projects. They were so successful, both locally and nationally, that funding was appropriated for full-year programs. By 1968, full-year programs were located in twelve target areas throughout Suffolk County.
Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s enrollment slowly increased, reaching about 900 by the mid 1980’s. With increased funding, Long Island Head Start began expanding its enrollment and number of sites.
Today, Long Island Head Start serves over 2,000 children and their families in over 25 licensed Head Start and Early Head Start centers throughout Suffolk County. In 1999 Long Island Head Start was awarded the first Early Head Start grant on Long Island to provide services to infants/toddlers and pregnant women. This program is now operating at four Early Head Start centers. Head Start consists of the following Content Areas: Education and Early Childhood Development, Disabilities, Mental Health, Child Health, Safety and Nutrition, Parent Involvement, and Family/Community Partnership.
Our Mission
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive learning environment to children respectful of their cultures and to assist families in reaching self-sufficiency through the combined efforts of parents, community, and staff.
Long Island Head Start staff provides Early Child Development services including:
  • Education
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Family/Community Partnership
  • Services for children with disabilities
  • Support services to their families
Emergency School Closings
In the event of inclement weather a recorded message will be available on the auto attendant of Central Administration’s main number (631) 758-5200 in English and Spanish. You may also refer to the following for closing information:

Long Island Head Start Facebook page
News12 Online http://closings.news12.com/school_closings_wap.jsp?region=LI
Radio Station 106.1 and Online http://www.wbli.com/home/school-closings/8HNoVB0Ops4jgRkYHiNhOP/
Radio Station 102.3 (WBAB) and Online http://www.wbab.com/weather/winter-weather-guide/8QkejJEShheCJAhHhTK0PO/?=88sdkfjsldk
Radio Station 97.5 (WALK) and Online http://www.walk975.com/storm-center.aspx