El programa Head Start de Foundling opera en Puerto Rico y brinda servicios de educación temprana y desarrollo infantil de alta calidad, que promueven el crecimiento cognitivo, social y emocional de los niños para su posterior éxito en la escuela. El programa basado en el centro incorpora interacciones entre maestros y niños eficaces y receptivas.

    El programa Head Start integra estrategias de participación de padres y familias en todos los sistemas y servicios del programa para apoyar el bienestar familiar y promover el aprendizaje y el desarrollo de los niños. El programa ofrece experiencias de aprendizaje apropiadas para el desarrollo, la cultura y la lingüística en lenguaje, alfabetización, matemáticas, funcionamiento social y emocional, ciencias, habilidades físicas y artes creativas. Para brindar servicios de educación infantil y desarrollo infantil de alta calidad, el programa cuenta con maestros calificados, trabajadores sociales, enfermeras y profesionales de la salud mental. Operando en Puerto Rico, los servicios Head Start son proporcionados por El Foundling en cinco municipios: San Juan, Cataño, Vega Alta, Coamo y Toa Baja. El programa educa a niños de 3 a 5 años en centros especialmente diseñados para la primera infancia.

    Success Stories

    Denisha Pursues Her Dreams

    After enduring physical violence at home and battling chronic depression, Denisha left home at age 14 and spent her teenage years in foster care. As Denisha approached her 18th birthday, she sought more independence – a transition that is hard for young people in foster care, who often lack a traditional support system. Denisha was driven to succeed, however, and applied to The Foundling’s Supportive Housing Program: a residential program that works with young adults to eliminate barriers to independent living.

    Partnering with Foundling staff, Denisha was able to address her mental health needs, learn important life skills, become financially stable, and pursue her educational aspirations. The Foundling was Denisha’s safety net as she learned the skills she needed to succeed on her own. This year, Denisha completed a Master’s program in early childhood education, was hired as a full-time 1st grade teacher, and recently moved into her own apartment. With The Foundling’s continued guidance, Denisha is excited for the next stage of her journey, and looks forward to what the future will bring.

    Our Continued


    students in foster care across NYC receive high quality tutoring from Road to Success Citywide
    donation launched The Foundling's work in 1869
    of students over the age of 14 with a mental health condition drop out of school
    children and adults served in our programs for individuals with developmental disabilities every year
    children in New York City are growing up in low-income households
    of the population of Puerto Rico has at least one developmental disability
    Over one third of youth in foster care will have experienced five or more school moves by the time they age out of the system


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