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About GBCA Head Start/Early Head Start


Head Start and Early Head Start are federal programs that serve the education, psychological, and health needs of low-income infant, toddlers, preschool children and their families. Head Start began in 1965 as an eight-week summer program that quickly expanded into a school year program. Early Head Start evolved out of Head Start’s long history of providing services to infants and toddlers through Parent Child Centers, Comprehensive Child Development Centers (CCDPs) and Migrant Head Start programs.

Since 1968 Greater Bergen Community Action (formerly BCCAP) has served more than 25,000 families through their Bergen County, Jersey City and Paterson Head Start and Early Head Start programs. They began operating Bergen County Head Start in 1968 and in 2010, they added Early Head Start to their Bergen County program. In the fall of 2013, the agency began operating Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the city of Paterson and in 2014 the same programs in the city of Jersey City. 

At GBCA Head Start/Early Head Start, the goal is to not only get the child ready for kindergarten, but to prepare the entire family for life beyond the program. Our extensive services and resources range from early childhood education to health, nutrition, parent education, family counseling, financial counseling, and more.

Greater Bergen Community Action
Greater Bergen Community Action

Greater Bergen’s Head Start program provides free early childhood education and family services to low-income families in Bergen County, Jersey City and Paterson, NJ. Comprehensive services and resources prepare children for kindergarten, enhance their emotional and physical well-being, and foster stable family relationships.


Contact Us

Bergen County Head Start

263 Lafayette Avenue

Cliffside Park NJ 07010


Jersey City Head Start

93 Nelson Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07307


Paterson Head Start

500 E 35th Street

Paterson, NJ 07504

973-546- 2634

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