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About Head Start

Mission & Philosophy

Lewis County Head Start Mission Statement:

Lewis County Head Start’s mission is to impact families and the community, through strong partnerships and high-quality early childhood education services, so that families are more self-sufficient and children are school ready and prepared for lifelong learning.


In partnership with parents, Lewis County Head Start promotes children’s school readiness skills through high quality, comprehensive and fun learning experiences. We believe parents are their child’s first and most influential teacher; together we can support children’s ongoing learning and development. We encourage parents to be engaged and involved as much as it works for them and their family.

Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five, and is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services. Head Start provides early childhood development services to children and families, with special emphasis on promoting school readiness in the areas of language and cognitive development, early reading, science and mathematics, social skills and physical development.

Lewis County Head Start:

  • is based on the philosophy that the entire family, as well as the community, must be involved in the education of young children

  • is designed to maximize the strengths and unique experiences of each child

  • operates in licensed facilities located in Beaver Falls, Lowville, and Lyons Falls, with the office located in Lowville. Also serving Harrisville and Copenhagen school districts

Office Staff Photos

Amy Marti  Executive Director

Amy Marti

Executive Director
Rosalie Ritz  Nutrition Manger Administrative Secretary

Rosalie Ritz

Nutrition Manager
Administrative Secretary
Sally Black  Family Services Manager

Sally Black

Family Services Manager
Susan Pierce  Education Manager

Susan Pierce

Education Manager
Michele Capone  Bookkeeper

Michele Capone

Janet White  Health Service Manager

Janet White

Health Services Manager
Sheri Giver  ERSEA Manager

Sheri Giver

ERSEA Manager