Head Start Of Rockland, Inc.

85 DEPEW AVE. P.O. 107
914-358-2234 FAX, 914-358-2673, E Mail mjp30@aol

With Additional Sites in Haverstraw, Spring Valley and the Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish Communities.

Mary Jane Pauling, Executive Director

Contact Person, Carol Gjelsvik, Assistant Director

Head Start of Rockland strongly believes that the potential for each young child and parent can be increased by involvement in our comprehensive programs. We believe that each child and family comes to us with a unique background and experience. Head Start of Rockland accepts the responsibility to offer children and families opportunities to increase educational knowledge, eliminate existing or potential barriers for growth and foster pride and confidence in themselves. Families will also develop awareness of local services.

Head Start works because people work together, sharing their talents, knowledge and energy. They form a team whose common goal is to benefit children and families. Head Start works because of its deep commitment to make the community a place where all people have an opportunity to grow, to learn and to achieve their goals.


Yvonne Linton, Chairperson

Rick Smith, Vice President

John Lipscomb and Mary Bresnahan, Co Secretaries


Community Improvement Council/Head Starts, 1 Adams Lane, New Square 10977 Phone 354-2282 FAX 354-0334

Haverstraw Head Start , 36 Division Street P.O. 587, Haverstraw 10927

Phone 429 2225 FAX 429-8930

Nyack Head Start, 85 Depew Avenue, Nyack NY 10960

Phone 358-2234 FAX 358-2673

Spring Valley Head Start Suite 124 465 Viola Rd. - Kakiat Junior High School , Spring Valley, 10977

Major Programs of


Head Start for low income three and four year old children and their families at eight sites throughout the county.

Pre School Special Education in an integrated setting, including evaluations, special education itinerant teachers, speech therapy and inclusion classes.

Day Care full year, full day classes with an early childhood developmental focus.

Pre Kindergarten with the North Rockland School District.

Kindergarten Enrichment complementing the half day of kindergarten with a second half day of enrichment in Nyack.

Nyack Family Services providing counseling and parent education groups and other services to families and children funded by the New York State Division for Youth.

Caring Homes for Children recruiting foster and adoptive homes in conjunction with the Rockland County Department of Social Services.

Adult Literacy providing English as Second Language for beginning and intermediate students.

Career Planning a series of workshops for adults focusing on career preparation.

Parent Groups giving parents the opportunity for empowerment, self-government and parent education.

[Return to Home Page] First Created: December 1996
Last Updated: April 14, 1997