Head Start Collaboration Project

Community Services

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services licenses several residential treatment programs for alcohol and substance abusing women. Many of the women in these programs have children who reside in the centers with them. While services vary by program, there are no specific requirements for meeting the developmental needs of the children. Collaboration project staff have assisted by linking these children and their families to Early Head Start, Head Start, and other early childhood programs. To support facility staff in helping women in their programs meet their child’s developmental needs, the Collaboration Project Director developed a report describing New York’s system of early childhood services including how families can locate and enroll their child in Head Start and Early Head Start