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Fort George Head Start Center # 1

Grades: Pre-K
Staff Pick
1525 Saint Nicholas Avenue
Manhattan NY 10033
Phone: 212-795-9184

Our Insights

Fort George Head Start is a solid choice in Washington Heights, according to Lehman College early childhood expert Kym Vanderbilt. All classes are bilingual in English and Spanish. Children take field trips, and enjoy visits from places like Green Meadows Farm, during which they touch and hold animals. Kids have explored photography, according to the program's website, and study art with the respected Studio in a School program.

Fort George has two programs located in one building with different addresses: the first and larger (Fort George Head Start Center #1) is facing Saint Nicholas Avenue and has 120 seats; the West 186th Street program (Fort George Child Center 1) has 17 seats [photo is from DNAInfo].

Both pre-kindergartens operate under the umbrella of the Ft. George Community Enrichment Center, founded in 1981. It is focused on the needs of young children and their families. The Center offers medical, dental and mental health services.

Among other health initiatives, they monitor a child's height and weight twice a year to make parents aware of problems that may arise related to nutrition and to provide recommendations.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Ten percent of seats are reserved for children with disabilities. Services include speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy and other services as needed year to year.

ADMISSIONS: Preference to low-income families. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, August 2016)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

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Contact & Location


Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: 1 Line to 191st St; A Line to 181st St
Buses: Bx11, Bx13, Bx3, Bx35, M100, M101, M3, M4, M5, M98


Other Details

Shared campus?

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