Early Learning

Overview | Early Learning Centers | Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

SCAP’s Early Learning programs make the most of a young child’s potential by offering child care and pre-school programs for 450 children from birth to kindergarten and their families in an environment that supports their cognitive and social-emotional development.

We embrace the philosophy that parents and guardians are the most important and influential educator of their children and they are key to a child’s success. We support the developmental needs of children while also supporting the parents’ ability to improve their life. This two-generation approach increases a family’s chance for success.
Please call 518-377-8539 for more information or to obtain an application.


Early Learning Centers (for children ages 3-5):

SCAP operates a comprehensive pre-school program including Head Start, Universal Pre-K (UPK) and Priority Pre-K (PPK), for children age three to five. The program enriches children’s learning experiences, engages parents in the education of their children, places an emphasis on family support services, fosters social and emotional growth and prepares children for kindergarten and continued success in school.

In addition to our center-based program, SCAP provides home-based services for 30 children and families which includes a weekly teacher visit along with bi-weekly socialization sessions for families to interact with other home-based famiies.

SCAP operates four Early Learning Centers:

  • Bigelow Avenue Early Learning Center (11 classrooms)
    100 Bigelow Avenue | Schenectady, NY 12304
  • Bellevue Early Learning Center (4 classrooms)
    2000 Broadway | Schenectady, NY 12306
  • Glen Worden School Early Learning Center (1 classroom)
    30 Worden Road | Scotia, NY 12302
  • Yates Village Early Learning Center (3 classrooms)
    2450 Van Vranken Avenue | Schenectady, NY 12308

Early Learning Enrollment Application 3 to 5 years old


Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP) (for children ages birth to 3):

SCAP partners with existing child-care centers and family child-care programs to improve the quality of infant and toddler child care for low-income families and promote the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development of young children and families during the early years. SCAP supports these centers with services that are crucial to the learning and development of infants and toddlers:

  • curriculum development that provides learning opportunities for infants and toddlers to grow in a nurturing environment
  • staff training to make sure a warm and continuous relationship exists between caregivers, children and families
  • home visits to ensure parent involvement in their children’s learning and development
  • comprehensive screenings for health, mental health and oral health
  • services to meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families
  • nutritious meals are provided and accommodations made for mothers who breast feed

EHS-CCP partners include: Andrea Adrian’s Child Care; YWCA of NENY; and Albany Community Action Partnership.

EHS-CCP Enrollment Application birth to 3 years old