Early Childhood Education

The Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. Head Start/Early Head Start Program (CAO) is a federally funded program in Erie County that provides educational and developmental comprehensive services including parent engagement and community partnerships to over 2,300 infants, toddlers, preschoolers and pregnant women.

CAO Head Start/Early Head Start promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children through the provision of educational, health, mental health, nutritional, family and community engagement, social and other services. CAO assists pregnant women in accessing comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care; supports parents’ efforts to fulfill their parental roles as the first and most important teacher for their children; and helps families build assets and move toward self-sufficiency. Parents play a vital role in our program and are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom, parent committees, and as a part of the policy council members who help lead and make decisions for the program.


Head Start/Early Head Start provides comprehensive services to age and income eligible children and families. Income guidelines are established annually by the Department of Health and Human Services. Families who receive TANF, SSI, participate in the foster care system and/or are homeless are categorically eligible for the program. CAO Head Start/Early Head Start provides services to a minimum of ten (10%) percent of children with disabilities; services are provided in Head Start/Early Head Start locations in Erie. 

CAO Head Start/Early Head Start has 20 direct run academies, one delegate agency serving at 6 academies and 9 Child Care Partnership. Please contact your desired academies for more information.  

Chelsea White, Early Childhood Administrator:

Email: cwhite@caowny.org
Phone: (716) 878-0220

CAO Head Start/ Early Head Start Academy Centers

Program Hours  Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM

1424 Academy
1424 Jefferson Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14208
Head Start Program

1461 Academy
1461 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209
Head Start Program

Chapel Park Villa Academy
7008 Erie Road
Derby, NY 14085
Head Start Program

Deck Academy
909 Dick Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Head Start/EHS Program

Drexel Academy
122 Schiller Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Head Start Program

Ferry Academy
909 East Ferry St
Buffalo, NY 14211
Head Start Program

Frontier Academy
3780 South Park Ave
Blasdell, NY 14219
716-828-9297 / 716-332-0439
Head Start Program UPK

Fruit Belt Academy
833 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo,  NY 14204
Head Start/EHS Program

Gates Academy
100 Old Maryvale Road
Cheektowaga, NY
Head Start Program

Gowanda Academy
64 E. Main Street
Gowanda, NY 14070
Head Start Program

Grace Academy
1653 Kensington Ave
Cheektowaga, NY 14215
Head Start/EHS Program

Infant of Prague Academy
921 Cleveland Drive
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Head Start Program

KULC Academy
33 Rich Street
Buffalo, NY 14211
Head Start Program

Langfield Academy
175 Oakmont Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
Head Start Program

McKinley Academy
92 Orchard Place
Lackawanna, NY 14218
Head Start/EHS Program

Memorial Temple Academy
800 Sycamore St
Buffalo, NY 14212
EHS Program

Springville League Academy
393 North Street
Springville, NY 14141
Head Start/EHS Program

St. Agatha’s Academy
65 Abbott Rd
Buffalo, NY 14220
Head Start Program

St Hyacinth Academy
257 Ridge Road
Buffalo, NY 14218
716-822-2402 / 716-822-2403
Head Start Program

St. James Academy
500 Terrace Blvd
Depew, NY 14043
Head Start Program

Weinberg Academy
2700 N. Forest Rd
Getzville, NY 14068
716-639-3330 ext 2440


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