About Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services

Head Start is a federally-funded program and is administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Since its inception in 1965, Head Start programs across the nation have served more than 22 million children.

Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services (SACFS) Head Start serves low-income and culturally diverse families in Central Harlem and South Bronx. We are a team of caring professionals with diverse educational and human service backgrounds, committed to providing quality educational and support services to children and their families. Our mission is to educate pre-school children and empower parents to be advocates for themselves and their children, to be positive role models and to become productive members of society.

SACFS is a delegate agency Head Start program and is overseen by a grantee, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services.


In 1969, a group of community members in central Harlem saw the need for child care services for pre-school children. They identified a space in the neighborhood to house a childcare program and applied for Head Start funding. In September of that same year, Seventh Avenue Mennonite Church Head Start opened its doors to 30 three- and four-year old children. In 1978, the program opened a second site to serve children and families in the South Bronx. To date, SACFS has served over 4,000 economically disadvantaged children and families in New York City.


The mission of Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services (SACFS) is to provide high-quality and comprehensive early childhood programming to economically disadvantaged children in New York City. SACFS also seeks to empower parents and caregivers to become advocates for their families and thereby enabling them to become positive role models and productive members of society.


Staffed by a dedicated team of 25 experienced professionals, SACFS serves 128 children year-round, operating a three-year-old program in separate morning and afternoon sessions and the four-year-old program operating a full-day schedule.

Employing teacher-assistant and family services teams, SACFS provides a comprehensive early childhood development program that includes the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program and concentrates on: 1) Child Health and development services; 2) Education and Early Childhood Development; 3) Child Health and Safety; 4) Child Nutrition; 5) Child Mental Health; and 6) Family Partnerships.


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