Early Childhood Education & Family Development Division
EARLY CHILDHOOD PDF BROCHURE
The Early Childhood Education & Family Development Division (ECE) was formed in 1996 when YDI acquired the Head Start program in Bernalillo County. The division is comprised of 11 individual service components and 350 staff members.
The primary focus of the division is to provide services to children and their families from pregnant mothers to children five years old. Our program focuses on providing support services which include: child education and care, home visitation, family development and engagement, support services for grandparents raising young children, relationship training and support, parent training and advocacy and Pre-K.
Most services are provided within our 32 Nationally Accredited Head Start and Early Head Start centers, however, program activities are also conducted in community centers, churches, and schools. Community collaborations, parent involvement and high quality staff are the foundation which ensures the very best in early childhood services.
Center of Excellence
Children and families enrolled in YDI’s Early/Head Start program receive the highest quality education and comprehensive social services. All centers are NAEYC accredited (National Association for the Education of Young Children.) This accreditation, along with the program having been recognized as one of ten national “Centers of Excellence” in early childhood education and development signifies that the children receive the highest level of care available. Children are assessed throughout the year on developmental milestones and the results indicate that the Early Head Start infants and toddlers demonstrated a 25% overall gain, while the Head Start preschoolers showed an 18% overall gain. Children leave our program, confident, excited about learning, and ready for continued school success.
Child and Family Outcomes
- 100% of children have identified medical homes
- 98.9% of children completed screenings for developmental, sensory and behavioral concerns
- 100% of children received nutritious meals, nutrition education in the classrooms, and nutrition assessments
- 100% of families have received at least one type of family service (i.e., parenting education, job training, etc.)
High Quality Teaching Staff
- 90% of Head Start and Early Head Start teaching staff are degreed