Above: Staff based out of our office in Puerto Rico.
The New York Foundling’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Puerto Rico are now able to educate even more infants, toddlers, and children thanks to recent renovations and openings.
Renovations at Several Locations
For over 30 years, The Foundling has operated Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Puerto Rico, serving low-income children and families at 26 centers in four municipalities.
Seeing the need to reach more children even earlier, The Foundling has been working to convert a few of its Head Start centers to Early Head Start centers, which required renovations at our Zambrana Center in Coamo, Brenas Center and Santa Ana Center in Vega Alta, and a location in Cantera. Renovations are complete at these centers, and all are now fully operational.
Additionally, we secured a community center in San Juan until our Alameda Center is fully revamped.
Through this, we have been able to maintain full Head Start and Early Head Start enrollment of 934 children, infants through age 5.
In May 2017 we were verbally notified of the award to serve additional children in service locations contiguous to our existing service centers. The Foundling has applied for over 400 slots and expects to receive written confirmation on the number of slots and size of the award soon.
Follow Our Work
The Head Start program educates children ages 3-5, and the Early Head Start program serves infants, toddlers and pregnant women in targeted communities. The Puerto Rico staff also provides child care between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., plus offers services to extended family members.
Learn more about our work and presence in Puerto Rico communities on the program page.