Head Start

Community Action Organization (CAO) of Erie County
Administrative Head Start Office
45 Jewett Pkwy
Buffalo, New York 14214
p: (716) 881-5150
f: (716) 885-2911

CAO Springville Head Start/Early Head Start
The Children's League
393 North Street
Springville, New York 14141
p: (716) 592-2595

At this site we have two integrated Head Start Classrooms and one Early Head Start classroom.  The Early Head Start Classroom serves eight children ages 18-36 months.  The Head Start Classrooms serve 20 children each.  There are eleven typically developing children and nine that have some identified disability. The identified children do not have to meet Head Start eligibility criteria.  Each Head Start Classroom is staffed by a Certified Special Education Teacher, a Head Start Teacher and two classroom aides. Services provided to children and families included education (literacy/numeracy), nutrition, health, mental health, social services, parent involvement, and disabilities. Speech therapist, physical and occupational therapist and special education teachers work directly with our children and teachers in the classroom.

This program offers wonderful educational experiences to many of our children who are ready to transition into more typical instructional settings. Parents are key to our program and are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom, form center parent committee's, and be a part of the policy and decision making process for the program. This process often leads to jobs for parents who are unemployed.


Eligibility - The children without Early Intervention or Preschool Special Education disability designations must meet Head Start eligibility criteria.

Head Start is funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, and operates under license by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.


Head Start Staff

On-Site Staff

  • Lisa Roberts, Family Partner Coordinator/Head Start Center Director
  • Lori Spengler, Head Start Teacher
  • Cindy Botts, Head Start Teacher
  • Sharon Prantke, Early Head Start Teacher

Collaborating PLC Special Education Teachers

Kirsten Henderson, Certified Special Education Teacher
Email: [email protected]

Amanda Nolan, Certified Special Education Teacher
Email: [email protected]