Early Childhood Services
Our Early Childhood Center offers an award-winning program for children as young as six weeks old through the age of five. Each child receives hands-on learning in the areas of developing and improving their motor skills, level of literacy, path to successful socialization, health and social / emotional wellness.
All children attending achieve high attendance rate of 85% or higher and all meet next grade level success. Each program has an assigned Family Services Assistance to help each family work on goals, address barriers and assist families in a comprehensive way. We have a nutritionist, behavior health services, a health advocate and a special education coordinator on-site to meet all our children and families’ needs. Currently all our programs are free for qualifying families.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start is an all-day program for infants (starting at six weeks) to three-years-old. This program follows the Primary and Continuity of Care Model, where teachers follow the children maintaining the importance of attunement for young children and their social-emotional growth.
Ibero staff help coordinate not just medical mental health and substance abuse services, but also the social service needs of the individual.
Head Start & UPK
The Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) and Heath Start programs are open to three- & four-year olds and follows the RCSD school calendar. Our programs of high quality and meet all National Heath Start Performance Standards, Social Emotional Pyramid Model and RCSD High Scope Curriculum. Each year, children who are enrolled in the Summer Leap Program participate in high quality curriculum in math, science, language and literacy at our center. They also learn how to swim, which helps build their confidence. Our Summer Leap Program was established after children from our center attended the first pilot program at Horizons at Harley.
All of our programs participate in Raising a Reader with our local library, Sesame Neighborhood with WXXI, Ready to GROW and Rochester Area Parent Program with Children’s Institute. Ibero Early Childhood Services was recently recognized by the Mary Allen Institute Spotlight for our work with infant mental health.
Our response during the COVID-19 pandemic
In correspondence with the Rochester City School District, Early Childhood Services’ Early Head Start, Head Start and UPK programs were unable to directly serve our students during the initial shutdown in the spring of 2020. In the meantime, we worked with organizations such as Foodlink, Monroe County, the city of Rochester and several others to address COVID-19 related communications in a culturally responsive effort to meet the needs of Spanish-speakers.
Since the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we have reopened our Early Childhood Center offering in-person and virtual school days. Sanitization has always been a major priority within our facilities to continue ensuring a safe, health and educational environment for our students. With the collaboration of assistance of Monroe County, we are a testing site which enables us to test staff, children and families using rapid testing.