Early Childhood Programs

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

 

Early Learning Center

The Campagna Early Learning Center at St. James provides high-quality early childhood education to preschoolers ages 3-5, for families who are not eligible for Head Start services.  The Early Learning Center provides opportunities where each child can expand on their talents and interests, supportive relationships, and educational experiences that promote school readiness, so that each child can reach their fullest potential. The Early Learning Center at St. James will serve 50 children across three classrooms.  This program offers a modest fee and year-round services and all classrooms are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and are star-rated.  

To learn more about these programs, please contact St. James at stjameselc@campagnacenter.org

 


Early Head Start, Alexandria Head Start and Early Learning Center

The first years are critical when it comes to education. In response, Early Head StartAlexandria 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 2018-2019 school year see our registration page.

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

 


Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a year-round program, serving children ages zero to three and expectant mothers. Offering a comprehensive range of services, the EHS program builds social, emotional, intellectual, and physical skills in infants and toddlers. 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.

Early Head Start provides services in three different ways to meet the individual needs of children and families:

  • Center-based – 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.
  • Home-based – On a weekly basis, a highly-qualified early childhood professional visits families in their homes, working with parents and children together to support all aspects of development. Group meetings with other parents receiving similar services are offered twice a month to help parents develop relationships with other families. 
  • Family Child Care Providers – Offered to infants and toddlers of working families or parents who attend school full-time. Staffed by licensed family child care providers, these services foster all aspects of child development.

Hours & Locations

Early Head Start is a full year program that closes for two weeks in the summer.  Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Eligibility and Registration

Early Head Start accepts 160 children. Eligibility is determined based on income and family need, 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 2018-2019 school year see our registration page.

Contact

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

 


Alexandria Head Start

Alexandria Head Start (AHS) promotes kindergarten readiness for children from three to five years of age. The program promotes literacy and mathematics skills, as well as children’s social-emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. Children and families also receive health and nutrition services and support for growth and development through community resources. 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 developed 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. The program hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  There are currently 7 sites across the city of Alexandria; however sites may vary from year to year.

Eligibility and Registration

Alexandria Head Start serves 309 preschool children. Annual registration fairs are held in March. Low-income families and families of children with special needs in Alexandria are invited to register. Eligibility is determined based on income and family need. 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 2018-2019 school year see our registration page.

Contact

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