About Head Start

  • Geneva City School District (GCSD) Head Start offers a first-rate preschool education to preschool-age students throughout Ontario County. GCSD is the grantee for the Head Start program in Ontario County, serving 153 children throughout the county. This includes 85 children enrolled at Geneva West Street School Head Start. Our delegate site is located at Phelps Community Center and serves 68 children.

    Our program serves children who will be three or four years old by Dec. 1 and meet the Head Start eligibility requirements. Head Start works with Geneva schools and families to promote school readiness as children transition to kindergarten. This high-quality program is offered at no cost to families, focusing on all aspects of healthy development for each child, including social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Geneva Head Start provides strength-focused learning, environment; positive and trusted support for families; transportation; breakfast, lunch, and snack.

    A variety of risk and protective factors are assessed during the application process to determine priority. Interested parents may contact us to schedule an appointment to complete an application.

  • Director of Head Start and Early Childhood

    Ms. Lorraine Knifley
    E-mail Ms. Knifley
    Phone: (315) 781-4104 ext. 7000

  • Pre-K Registration

    To register for Head Start or Universal Pre-Kindergarten, please contact the Head Start Office at (315) 781-4104 ext. 7008 or e-mail Cecilia Rodriguez for more information. 

    Applications for the current year are received all year long. The selection committee meets in March for fall registrations for Head Start. UPK applications for fall are accepted January–March. For more information, visit our Head Start or UPK pages.

  • Contact


    30 West Street
    Geneva, NY 14456
    Main Office: (315) 781-4104
    Fax: (315) 781-4198

    Schools Hours 2022–23

    • Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Morning Classes: 8:25 a.m.–11:20 a.m.
    • Afternoon Classes: 11:55 a.m.–2:50 p.m.
    • Full Day Head Start/PK: 8:25 a.m.–2:50 p.m.