Early Childhood Discovery Center

Children learning at WHEDco's Early Childhood Discovery Center.

Preparing children for a lifetime of learning!

WHEDco’s nationally-accredited Urban Horizons Early Childhood Discovery Center, an EarlyLearn NYC Head Start program, serves 111 preschool children from 20 different countries.

WHEDco’s full-day program offers a nurturing environment that allows children to develop confidence, think creatively, analyze information and communicate effectively. Each year, 100% of the students graduate prepared for kindergarten, ensuring that they begin their school careers ready to succeed.

“High-quality early childhood programs are great economic and social equalizers… Quality early childhood programs for disadvantaged children more than pay for themselves in better education, health and economic outcomes.”

-The New York Times

School Readiness

WHEDco’s Head Start program serves 111 pre-school children each year through our full-day (8 am – 4 pm) and full-year (September – August) program. Our curriculum addresses school readiness goals in the following areas:

  • Language & Literacy
  • Physical Development & Health
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Cognition & General Knowledge

Parent Engagement

WHEDco works to ensure that the progress made inside the classroom each week is supported and nourished at home. Through workshops and activities for parents and guardians, including ESL classes, we engage and empower them to become more active in their children’s educations. We also provide Family Support and Counseling Services to ensure that families have the resources they need to succeed.

Diversity in the Classroom

Many of the students enrolled in the Center each year are first generation Americans. Their parents’ nations of origin include: Bangladesh , Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Puerto Rico, Senegal, and West Africa

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