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When KidStart opened its first classroom for 12 children in 1977, parents described it as “something special.”

Tucked on the southwest corner of the SUNY Geneseo campus, KidStart stayed at the university for the next three decades. Over that time, the number of classrooms grew to 16 allowing for about 200 children to experience a lifechanging experience.

Due to a planned demolition and reconstruction projects on the campus, Arc purchased land for KidStart’s new home on Groveland Station Road in Mt. Morris. Construction was completed earlier than scheduled which resulted in the building opening on Jan. 24, 2011.

This started the exciting new beginning for the KidStart program; a different address, but the same atmosphere of safety, acceptance, love and respect.

Over the more than 45 years, KidStart has grown from serving 12 children to serving 350 children from eight counties and 18 school districts. Today KidStart also provides home and community-based services based on the child’s specific needs.

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Our Programs

Special Services Pre-school Program

KidStart provides a comprehensive pre-school program that accommodates each child’s unique needs. Educational needs are met by certified special education professionals in a classroom setting with a full range of related services.

Services available include, but are not limited to:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Counseling

Early Intervention

KidStart provides itinerant services for infants and toddlers (birth to three years old) with special needs. These services can be provided in: 

  • The child’s home
  • Community location
  • KidStart’s center
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KidStart operates a state-approved evaluation center. Upon referral to KidStart, each child is given a thorough diagnostic evaluation and written analysis to identify the child’s abilities and needs. After consultation with the family, education and clinical teams, an educational program is designed to help the child reach their fullest potential.

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KidStart operates Livingston County’s Head Start program for 3 and 4-year-old children residing in Livingston County who are income-eligible.

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KidStart operates Livingston County’s Head Start program for 3 and 4-year-old children residing in Livingston County who are income-eligible.

Head Start programs promote the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from low-income families.

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Headstart Programs and Services

Children's Services

Early Learn and Development

  • We build strong relationships as the foundation of early learning
  • We support learning through play, creative expression and guided activities.
  • We support children’s social and emotional development.
  • We promote early math and science concepts in children’s home languages and in English.
  • We promote language and literacy development in children’s home languages and in English.


Health and Wellness

  • We promote physical development, both indoors and outdoors.
  • We serve breakfast, lunch and health snacks.
  • We provide medical, dental, hearing, vision and behavioral screening.

Family Partnership & Well-Being

  • We provide parent and family services.
  • We help families find assistance in challenging times.
  • We help families identify and reach their goals, including goals related to housing, employment, education and parenting.
  • We invite parents to share information and insights about their child.
  • We invite parents to offer ways to improve children and families’ experience in the program.

Disability Services

  • We build on children’s strengths
  • We individualize experiences to meet the needs of each child.
  • We collaborate with parents and community agencies when further assessment is needed.

Mental Health Services

  • We help families understand and support their child’s needs.
  • We can assist with mental health services for children and families, if needed.

Download Headstart Application

Our program is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year!

Call Holly Green, Head Start Family Advocate, at (585) 658-4023 ext. 4125 or e-mail at for more information.

Our Staff

Our experienced staff is licensed and certified to assist with your child’s needs. Each team member is continually trained on child development and early childhood curriculum with the information and skills necessary to implement education trends and regulations. Training and practice keep pace with new medical findings, innovative collaborations and shifts in regulations.

“Patient. Kind. Attentive. Words that describe KidStart. Our son, Luke, has attended KidStart for two years and he has blossomed into such an amazing little boy. They have given him the confidence to do and try new things. They understand him and work with him so that he can be the best version of himself. KidStart has made such a difference in our lives and we will be forever grateful for them.” —
Cassie Widener and Family

Get Started

Call Stephanie Metz, Vice President of Children’s Services at (585) 658-4023 ext. 4403 or e-mail for more information.