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The Early Childhood Learning Center of Greene County (ECLC) is a private, non-profit program chartered by the NYS Board of Regents to provide the following programs to children from birth to five years old (up to school age):

  • ECLC operates all Head Start programs in Greene County.  Head Start is a federally funded program for income eligible three and four year olds.
  • Special education and therapy services through the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to three (3) and four (4) year old children such as multi-disciplinary evaluation, counseling, occupational therapy , physical therapy, special education itinerant teacher, and center-based classes in an inclusive setting for children with developmental delays (5 hours per day).  These services are available to those children who qualify based on a delay in development as determined by the CPSE committee and may be provded in the home, school, or center-based classroom program in Head Start depending on the child's needs.


About Us

Head Start


Head Start is a comprehensive child development program of early childhood education including health (physical, dental, mental), nutrition and social services.  Federally funded program for low-income preschool children (3 & 4 year olds) in Greene County.  

Special Education Services


Special Education services available through CPSE to 3 & 4 year old children.  Services include evaluations, related services of counseling, occupational services, physical therapy, speech therapy, special education itinerant teachers, and center-based inclusion classes.

Our Mission


We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children.  Parents and teachers work together in partnership to address the needs and holistic growth of each child so that learning will be supported in the home and school reflecting and honoring the lives of children, their families, and their communities.


Early Childhood Learning Center was founded in 1978 by parents of preschool children who needed specialized therapy to help their children overcome some developmental delays.  At the time, programs were only available in Albany or Kingston.  The parents, who did not want their children to travel such a distance to receive therapy, started their own program in Greene County.

The agency first began under the auspices of the Early Childhood Learning Center in Albany.  In a year's time, it was mutually decided that ECLC would be an independent program chartered by the NYS Board of Regents.  In 1982 an absolute charter was granted.  In 1999 the agency became the grantee for the Head Start Program in Greene County.  Since then the agency has grown considerably.  Today ECLC serves more than 150 children.  Currently, ECLC meets the needs of Head Start children and children with developmental delays from birth to five years of age.


School Calendar 2018-2019

Dates To Remember

July 2—Summer Session Begins

August 10—Summer Session Ends

August 27 & 28 - New Hire Orientation

August 29 - Staff Return (Training)

September 3 - Labor Day

September 5 – First Day of School

October 8 – Columbus Day

November 12 – Veterans Day

November 21-23– Thanksgiving Recess

December 24–31 Holiday Recess

January 1 - New Years Day

January 2 – Classes Resume

January 21– Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 18– President’s Day

February 19 & 20 - Winter Recess

February 21-22 Training

February 25 - Classes Resume

April 19 - Good Friday

April 22-26 - Spring Recess

May 27– Memorial Day

June 27 - 1/2 Day with Children

June 28—Last Day

Programs & Services


Did you know that ECLC offers comprehensive programming for children, which includes Head Start, early intervention and therapy services under one roof?

Head Start

Multi-Disciplinary Evaluations

Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapies

Early Intervention

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Early Childhood Learning Center of Greene County

2395 Route 23B, P.O. Box 399, South Cairo, NY 12482, US

(518) 622-8382

Hours & Locations

Cairo Head Start Center

30 Volunteer Drive

Cairo, NY 12413


Catskill United Methodist Church

40 Woodland Ave

Catskill, NY  12414


Catskill UPK

770 Embought Rd

Catskill, NY  12414


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Working for the Early Childhood Learning Center of Greene County provides employees with the opportunity to make a difference and the satisfaction that they can help children grow in positive ways.  Whether it is working with parents to empower them in their communities or being part of a child's development to encourage and stimulate their learning, seeing a young child smile and grow before our eyes is the most rewarding part of our job.  This opportunity is available every day.  You can make a difference in a child's life.

Our career opportunities include a variety of roles that contribute to educating young children.  ECLC is staffed by:

Teachers & Special Education Teachers

Teacher's Aides & One-to-One Aides

Cooks, Cook Assistants & Aides

Managers, Program Directors, Fiscal & Secretarial Staff

To be considered for a position, please fill out the Employment Application and/or the Substitute Application located in the Forms section.  Please then mail application to PO Box 399, South Cairo, NY 12482.

Executive Director

Kathleen Federico

ECLC Director

PO Box 399

South Cairo, NY  12482