City Councilor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley with ABCD Executive Vice President Sharon Scott-Taylor and Head Start Director Yvette Rodriguez at the 50th Anniversary Head Start Celebration on Boston Common.
Head Start and Children’s Services
ABCD’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs help more than 2,400 young children prepare for success in school and life by providing high-quality early education. Head Start serves 3-5-year-olds at 26 Boston, Malden and Everett sites; Early Head Start programs at 7 sites support infants, toddlers and three sites support pregnant mothers. ABCD also provides full-day, fullyear services to parents to allow them to work or go to school. Head Start is considered the “gold standard” of early education programs, providing comprehensive services – education, health, nutrition, family services – and intensive parent engagement. Parents are leaders in decision-making processes, advising Head Start policy, guiding programs, volunteering in the classroom and advocating for the needs of young children from low-income families.
The ABCD Head Start investment this year of $37,304,616 provided: teachers and staff for 2,400 children, space for Head Start classrooms, 4,600 healthy meals per day, learning materials, equipment and professional development, and full-day, full-year care for 255 children
Child Care Choices of Boston
Child Care Choices of Boston serves as the Child Care Resource & Referral agency for Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop. CCCB plays a key role in making child care work for everyone by providing support, resources, technical assistance, training and child care expertise to a very diverse community of more than 6,000 families and 1,400 child care providers in the service delivery area. CCCB distributes more than $54 million in state-funded vouchers to more than 10,000 children, and this year nearly 700 children who had been on a wait list for subsidized care received vouchers.
Child Care Choices of Boston’s budget of $54,033,975 provided: direct payments to 1,400 child care providers who delivered safe, nurturing child care to more than 10,000 children; essential information on child care options to 6,620 parents; training for hundreds of new child care providers.
ABOUT 90 PERCENT OF A CHILD’S BRAIN DEVELOPMENT OCCURS BEFORE AGE 5. ABCD EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS PLAY A KEY ROLE IN MEETING ESSENTIAL MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT NEEDS FOR CHILDREN FROM LOW-INCOME FAMILIES