What is a Judy Center?

Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers or "Judy Centers," provide access to early childhood education and family support programs located at or near Title I schools. Typically, education opportunities and support services are available 7-12 hours a day, year round. Judy Centers serve children birth through age 5 and their families in an effort to increase the number of children entering school ready to learn. They are unique because they promote school readiness through collaboration with community-based agencies, organizations and businesses. Most services or assistance a family may need can be provided directly or arranged by the Judy Center onsite or nearby, including health care, Adult Education, identification of special needs and early intervention, child care, parenting classes, and family literacy. Family engagement is an important facet of our work.