Early Childhood Programs

Early Head Start, Alexandria Head Start, and our Early Learning Center prepare young children to enter school ready to learn.

Early Head Start, Alexandria Head Start and Early Learning Center

The first years are critical when it comes to education. In response, Early Head Start, Alexandria Head Start, and our Early Learning Center prepare young children to enter school ready to learn. In classes accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and star-rated by the state of Virginia, we offer high-quality early childhood education and wellness support to over 500 low-income families with children from newborn to five years old.   

To apply for The Campagna Center's Early Childhood Programs, click on the following to download the application in English or Español. For more information on registering for the 2016-2017 school year see our registration page.

Additional Forms: Child Oral Health FormPhysical Form (English) and Physical Form (Spanish)


Early Head Start

Early Head Start, a year-round program, serves children ages zero to three and expectant mothers. Offering a wide range of services that build social, emotional, intellectual, and physical skills in infants and toddlers, the program aims to intervene at the earliest age. Children and families also receive ongoing health and nutrition services, including medical and dental exams. Parents are also able to benefit from the support of Family Service Specialists who assist parents with their own educational and vocational goals.

The program provides services in three different ways to meet the individual needs of children and families:

  • Center-based settings – Operating in spaces donated by Alexandria City Public Schools, children are enrolled in a full-day program designed to foster all aspects of development. This service option is especially beneficial for parents who are employed and/or in school full time. Current sites include T.C. Williams High School, George Washington Middle School, and Jefferson-Houston School.
  • Home-based settings – On a weekly basis, a highly-qualified early childhood professional visits families in their houses, working with parents and children together in their homes to support all aspects of development. Group meetings with other parents receiving similar services are offered twice a month to help parents build relationships with other families. 
  • Family Child Care Partnership – This program offers in-home childcare services for families with infants and toddlers. Staffed by licensed family care specialists, these services foster all aspects of child development. All services take place in the family home, a warm, nurturing environment. This option is especially good for families who work or attend school full time.

Hours & Locations

Early Head Start is a full year program that closes for two weeks in the summer.  Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility and Registration

Early Head Start accepts 104 children. Families are ranked based on income and needs, with a priority placed on teen parents. Eligible families not accepted due to limited space will be offered a spot on the waiting list for that year.  

To apply, click on the folllowing to download the application in English or Español. For more information on registering for the 2016-2017 school year see our registration page.

Contact

For registration information, contact Leslie Wysong at lwysong@campagnacenter.org.


Alexandria Head Start

Like Early Head Start, Alexandria Head Start (AHS) promotes kindergarten readiness for children from three to five years of age. Classes develop childrens’ early reading and mathematics skills, as well as their emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Children and families also receive health and nutrition services and referrals. Parents are also able to benefit from the support of Family Service Specialists who assist parents with their own educational and vocational goals.

Like Early Head Start, AHS services are provided at several sites across the city as a result of partnerships we have forged with the City of Alexandria, Alexandria City Public Schools, and two faith-based institutions (St. Paul’s Church and Fairlington United Methodist Church).  

Hours & Locations

Alexandria Head Start runs from September to mid-June. Its hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with the exception of three sites that provide extended care.  Site locations may vary from year to year, given changes in school capacity and the overall needs of the program.  Currently there are sites on the east and west sides of the city.

Eligibility and Registration

Alexandria Head Start serves 309 preschool children with registration fairs held in mid-March every year. All low-income families and families of children with special needs in Alexandria are invited to register. Families are ranked based on income and needs, and eligible families not accepted due to limited space will be offered a spot on the waiting list for that year.

To apply, click on the following to download the application in English or Español. For more information on registering for the 2016-2017 school year see our registration page.

Contact

For registration information, contact Leslie Wysong at lwysong@campagnacenter.org.


Early Learning Center

To address the needs of preschool children (ages two to five) who fail to qualify for Head Start services, we have created the Early Learning Center. Two classrooms serve 27 children through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), which requires that parents meet certain income criteria.  These services are provided at no cost.   Additionally, one classroom provides high quality education for twenty children at a modest fee, year-round.   All classrooms are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and are star-rated.  

To apply, click on the following to download the application in English or Español. For more information on registering for the 2016-2017 school year see our registration page.

To learn more about these programs, please contact Leslie Wysong at lwysong@campagnacenter.org.