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Other Services 

First Book Program:


  • The First Book Program funded by the EATON Corporation is a partnership between the Child Care Council and CIDS (Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Services) providing early literacy and language books to 150 children each month. Books are delivered to children during home visits conducted by the CIDS Nurses.

For more information contact Ruth Harvey at (607)-734-3941 or

Pre-K Assessment Project:

  • A program funded by the Anderson Foundation; Elmira City School District; Elmira Heights School District; Horseheads School District and In-Kind from EOP/Head Strat. 

  • The Pre-K Assessment Project meets the assessment requirements for each of these funders. Trained Master Observers conduct assessments in Pre-K classrooms and Pre-K community partner classrooms and in Head Start. 


For more information contact Ruth Harvey at (607)-734-3941 or

Head Start Bridge - Summer Literacy Program:

  • Research indicates that there is a “summer slide” in the area of retention of children’s reading abilities. The creation of the Summer Reading program, funded by the Community Foundation and the Triangle Fund, has provided reading opportunities for kids at places where they attend summer programs. 


For more information contact Ruth Harvey at (607)-734-3941 or 

Traveling Book Program:

  • The Traveling Book Program is a partnership between the Council and the Chemung Valley Family Reading Partnership. Volunteer readers go into child care programs each month and read to children. The Reader also leaves a bag of books for the children in care and the Providers to read to children. This repeats each month so that the books rotate and children are exposed to a variety of wonderful children’s books. 


For more information contact Carol Marshall at 734-3941 or

The Council also partners or are members of:

Chemung County School Readiness Project
NYS Early Care and Learning Council 
Child Care Aware of America
NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

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