CAO Head Start Program
45 Jewett Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14214

Phone: 881-5150
Fax: 885-5032

General Information

Our Head Start/Early Head Start Program provides services to 1,102 children and families in fifteen (15) academies. The academies are located through out the city of Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Derby, Springville, Blasdell, Gowanda, Lackawanna and Getzville. CAO Head Start/Early Head Start operates sixty-three center based classrooms and learning environments (full day and half day classroom), and home based program option.


CAO has collaboration with other community agencies program which included the Buffalo Board of Education Universal Pre-K Program, Buffalo Hearing and Speech, Gateway Longview Therapeutic Program, Buffalo State College and RIF.

Services to children and families include education (literacy/numeracy), nutrition, health, mental health, social services, parent involvement and disabilities. Speech therapists, physical and occupational therapist and special education teachers work directly with our children and teachers in the classroom.

Parents are key to our program and are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom, form center parent committees, 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.


  • Must be low income, at or below the federal designated poverty level
  • At least 10% of our children must have a diagnosed disability.


Alexis Kirkland






Listing Of All Head Start/Early Head Start Sites
(Both CAO and Delegates)

CAO Head Start/Early Head Start
Administrative Office
45 Jewett Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-881-5150  Fax: 716-885-2911
Phyllis A. McBride, Early Childhood Administrator
Email: pmcbride@caoec.org

Holy Cross Head Start
Administrative Office
150 Maryland Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
Phone: 716-852-8373  Fax: 716-854-7046
Cortland Purks, Executive Director
Email: cpurks@holycrossheadstart.org




Akron Academy
7 Church Street
Akron, NY 14001
Phone: 716-542-2962

Central Academy
80 Clinton Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: 716-695-0936

Holy Cross Academy
150 Maryland Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
Phone: 716-852-8373

Northwest Academy
155 Lawn Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14207
Phone: 716-877-5022

Parkside Academy
169 Sher-Parkside Drive
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: 716-876-0100

North Buffalo Academy
203 Sanders Road
Buffalo, NY 14216
Phone: 716-464-7771


Chapel Park Villa Academy
7008 Erie Road, Route 5
Derby, NY 14047
Phone: 716-947-0064

Drexel Academy
122 Schiller Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone: 716-362-8952

Ferry Academy
909 East Ferry Street
Buffalo, NY 14211
Phone: 716-348-3322

Frontier Academy
3780 South Park Avenue
Blasdell Elementary School
Blasdell, NY 14219
Phone: 716-828-9297

Gowanda Academy
64 East Main Street
Gowanda, NY 14070
Phone: 716-532-5927

Memorial Temple Academy
800 Sycamore Street
Buffalo, NY 14212
Phone: 716-894-0616

Deck Academy
909 Dick Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Phone: 716-630-5912

St. Agatha's Academy
65 Abbott Road
Buffalo, NY 14220
Phone: 716-823-9757

St. Hyacinth's Academy
257 Ridge Road
Lackawanna, NY 14218
Phone: 716-822-2402

Springville Academy
393 North Street
Springville, NY 14141
Phone: 716-592-2595

Weinberg Academy
2700 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068
Phone: 716-639-3330 ext 2440

Grace Academy
1653 Kensington Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: 716-836-2021

Gates Academy
100 Old Maryvale Drive
Buffalo, NY 14225
Phone: 716-246-1200

St. James Academy
500 Terrace Boulevard
Depew, NY 14043
Phone: 716-681-2625

Infant of Prague Academy
921 Cleveland Drive
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Phone: 716-631-5200

Langfield Academy
175 Oakmont Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: 716-833-8337

George K. Arthur Academy
2056 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY 14211

King Urban Life Academy
30 Rich Street
Buffalo, NY 14211
Phone: 716-245-6900

1424 Academy
1424 Jefferson Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14208
Phone: 716-878-0226

1461 Academy
1461 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone: 716-878-0220

Durham Academy
200 East Eagle Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone: 716-332-0625


Updated: July 11, 2016


DiFrancesco Academy
901 24th Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Phone: 716-216-3880

Donovan Academy
1631 Main Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Phone: 716-217-9540

Lockport Academy
85 N Adam Street
Lockport, NY 145094
Phone: 716-216-3990

Newfane Academy
6048 Godfrey Road
Burt, NY 14208

St. Marks Academy
1135 Oliver Street
North Tonawanda, NY
Phone: 716-262-9919

9th Street Academy
3005 9th Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Phone: 716-304-4500










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