Columbia University Head Start
Columbia University Head Start (CUHS) provides services to 300 low-income children and their families from birth to age five, as well as to pregnant women. Led by Carmen Rodriguez, PhD, the program’s target population is primarily immigrant Latino children from the Northern Manhattan community. Head Start services are provided through a combination of center-based groups and home visits by a bilingual, multidisciplinary staff. In 1990, a team of Public Health and Pediatrics faculty were determined to solidly root preventative services for the community through in university sponsored program. With its focus on the whole child and the centrality of the parent’s role in child development, Head Start met that goal. Today, CUHS is a fixture in the Northern Manhattan community, providing holistic preventative and educational services to children and families.