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Gateway Head Start/EHS offers a school readiness program for children ages 0-5 at locations throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and Mercer counties in New Jersey, as well as the Germantown-Lehigh section of Philadelphia, Pa. Transportation is available at many sites. Services may be free to eligible families. Refer to the list below for locations and ages served.

Select your local center on the left to view its activity calendar!

To contact a Head Start Family Worker for information or to see if you are eligible for free services, CLICK HERE

About Head Start

What We Do

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in the following domains:

  • language and literacy;
  • cognition and general knowledge;
  • physical development and health;
  • social and emotional development; and
  • approaches to learning.

Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with families that support:

  • family well-being and positive parent-child relationships;
  • families as learners and lifelong educators;
  • family engagement in transitions;
  • family connections to peers and community; and
  • families as advocates and leaders.

Head Start Services

Head Start serves preschool-age children and their families. Many Head Start programs also provide Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the federal poverty level.

Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of the local community. Programs may be based in:

  • centers or schools that children attend for part-day or full-day services;
  • family child care homes; and/or
  • children's own homes, where a staff person visits once a week to provide services to the child and family. Children and families who receive home-based services gather periodically with other enrolled families for a group learning experience facilitated by Head Start staff.

Over a million children are served by Head Start programs every year, including children in every U.S. state and territory and in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Since 1965, more than 30 million low-income children and their families have received these comprehensive services to increase their school readiness.


What is Early Head Start?

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is simple:

·   to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women,

·   to enhance the development of very young children, and

·   to promote healthy family functioning.

EHS evolved out of Head Start's long history of providing services to infants and toddlers through Parent Child Centers, Comprehensive Child Development Centers (CCDPs) and Migrant Head Start programs. Recent advances in the field of infant development make this an especially exciting time to have Head Start formally expand its family to include the provision of Early Head Start services.

In 1994, the Secretary of Health and Human Services formed an Advisory Committee on Services for Families with Infants and Toddlers to design EHS. EHS evolved out of Head Start's long history of providing services to infants and toddlers through Parent and Child Centers, Comprehensive Child Development Centers (CCDPs), Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs, and other early child development and family support efforts serving families with very young children. Recent advances in the field of infant development make EHS services so important.

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ACCCGateway Head Start/ELC

5100 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Shirley Woody    

Gateway Head Start Early Education Center
1433 Bacharach Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401-4417
(609) 487-4540

Kimberly Clark (First Floor)
Tara Kenelly (Second Floor)


Galloway Head Start
28 S. New York Ave., Ste. C

Smithville, NJ 08205

Aisha Oliver

Hammonton Head Start
150 Sports Drive
Lake & Park Avenue
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Annalysa Coleman

Buena Vista Head Start
661 Jackson Road
Newtonville, NJ 08346

Annalysa Coleman

Linwood Early Education Center
2115 New Road
Linwood, NJ 08221

Maria Gomez

Ocean City Head Start
204 E. 4th Street

Ocean City, NJ08226            

Karen Houser

Pleasantville Head Start
49 S. Main St.
Pleasantville, NJ 08232

Andrea Ramsey

Spruce Avenue Head Start
3050 Spruce Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Maria Gomez

Woodbine Head Start

406 Monroe Avenue
Woodbine, NJ 08270
(856) 291-5280

Karen Houser

Ventnor Head Start
400 N. Lafayette Ave.
Ventnor, NJ 08406

Diane Toscano

Wildwood Head Start
2810 Atlantic Ave.
Wildwood, NJ 08260

Gregory Johnson

Villas Early Education Center

25 E. Ocean Rd. 

Villas, NJ 08251

Gregory Johnson

Glassboro Head Start
35 Sewell Street
Glassboro, NJ 08028
(856) 307-2299, fax (856) 307-5337

Nikiemma Brown

Millville Head Start
530-535 N. High Street
Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 327-1665, fax (856)327-5337

Wanda Medina

Paulsboro Head Start
901 N. Delaware Avenue
Paulsboro, NJ 08066
(856) 423-7096, fax (856) 423-4035

Beatrice Hemmings

Penns Grove Head Start II
11 N. Broad St.
Penns Grove, NJ 08069
(856)351-0268 FAX (856)351-0268

Dionne Pitts

River's Edge Head Start
110 Cohansey St.
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856)455-6394 fax 453-8016

Chanda Baldwin

Swedesboro Head Start
1225 Kings Highway
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
(856)241-8590 fax 241-8593

Zoraida Vargas

Gateway Early Learning Center 
510 Williamstown Road, Suite A
Sicklerville, NJ 08081
(856) 318-7969

Amber Seehousz

Vineland II Head Start
237 W. Chestnut Ave. 
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856)692-7239 fax 692-0503

Ebony Harmon

Vineland III Head Start
116 Elmer Street
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 691-5838, fax (856) 691-5925

Lorraine Williams

Williamstown II Head Start
St. Matthews Community Center
245 Glassboro Road (RT. 322)
PO Box 838
Williamstown, NJ 08094
(856)262-9438 Fax (856) 262-9358

Kimberly Clark

Woodbury Head Start
36 Carpenter St. 
Woodbury, NJ 08096
(856)686-9051 fax 686-9052

Zoraida Vargas

Germantown-Lehigh (Philadelphia, PA) EARLY HEAD START
2515 Germantown Ave.
PO Box 60978
Philadelphia, Pa. 19133-0978
(215) 278-2212, fax (215)278-2129

Maleka Anthony

Little Cherubs Head Start
169 Wilfred Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08610
(609) 393-6360, fax (609)393-7721

Dorothy Bellinger

Twin Rivers Head Start
569 Abbington Drive
East Windsor, NJ 08520
(609) 443-1707, fax (609) 443-9577

Gabriella Porcayo

Hamilton I Head Start
John O. Wilson Neighborhood Center
169 Wilfred Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08610
(609) 393-7030, fax (609)393-5125

Aline Skaff

Hamilton II Head Start
1801 E. State Street Extension
Bromley Civic Center
Hamilton, NJ 08609
(609) 587-4544, fax (609) 587-9052

Dorothy Bellinger

Ewing/Lawrence Head Start
100 Scotch Road
Ewing NJ 08628

(609) 771-4076. fax (609) 771-1242

Theresa Carroll

Williamstown Administrative Office
854 Glassboro Road
Williamstown, NJ 08094
(856) 740-6743, fax (856) 740-4821

Central North Head Start Administration
690 Whitehead Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 393-5655

Central South Head Start Administration
110 Cohansey St.
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 453-0803, fax (856) 453-8016