Operation Head Start
Bloomingdale Family Program


The Bloomingdale Family Program's mission is to serve preschool children from low-income families in upper Manhattan. Our educational program fosters children's growth in all areas of development — intellectual, physical, and emotional — and builds a foundation for success as they begin their educational journey. We welcome children with special needs and provide the individual support services they need to become competent and successful learners.

Parents are our partners in the educational process. At Bloomingdale they gain experience to become advocates for their children and to reach toward their own aspirations.

The Bloomingdale Family Program is committed to maintaining its outreach as a model in early childhood and parent education. In keeping with more than fifty years of service, we continue to explore and strive to meet the evolving needs of our community.

Children's Stories

BloomingdaleRicardo was sure that his "morning teacher" had chosen him to join the children in the afternoon session so that he could teach the afternoon children what he had learned each morning read more . . .

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Family Stories

Maria enrolled her four-year-old daughter when a friend told her that Bloomingdale was "for the whole family." From the very beginning, her child's teachers invited her into the classroom. BloomingdaleWhen one of the teachers offered to help Maria learn English in exchange for Maria teaching her Spanish, she was off and running read more . . .

The Bloomingdale Head Start Model

BloomingdaleThe years before kindergarten are a critical period for children's intellectual growth. There is no longer any doubt that investing in the preschool years means greater success in school and in life read more . . .
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