Orleans - 585-589-5605 Genesee - 585-343-7798

Head Start

“Where children and families come together to learn and grow”

Director – Bonnie Malakie

Early Childhood Education & Disabilities Services Manager – Pam Wadhams

Training & Development Manager – Freddie Stewart

Health Manager – Deborah Renner

Family/Community Partnerships Manager – Shelcy Plueckhahn

For further information call:

Albion/Kendall Sites 589-5683
Batavia Site 343-5917
Medina Site 798-2261
Administrative Offices 589-5683

To access the Head Start Annual Report, click below:

2017-18 HS EHS Annual Report


Head Start is a FREE preschool program that is funded by Community Action of Orleans and Genesee, Inc. through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Most children are 3 & 4 years of age when they enter the program. A minimum of 90% of the total enrolled children must meet low-income eligibility standards, and at least 10% must be children with diagnosed disabilities.

The program offers comprehensive services to children and families, which promotes literacy skills and social, mental, emotional, and physical needs. Parents are the cornerstone of the Head Start Program. The Head Start staff recognizes that parents are the child’s first teachers. We encourage parent involvement in all aspects of programming from classroom volunteers to serving on decision-making committees.

Head Start offers:

  • Kindergarten readiness skills
  • Classroom and home-based experience
  • Hot nutritious meals
  • Health screening & Community referrals
  • Safe settings
  • Transportation
  • Non-violent problem solving skills
  • Day Care referrals for children and siblings

Head Start accepts applications without regard to race, color, sex, handicap, or national origin.

Visit the The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center