About Us

Mission Statement

The Horseheads Family Resource Center provides inclusive, strength-based programs for young children and their families that increase school readiness, support informed parenting, and strengthen community relationships.

Vision Statement

The Horseheads Family Resource Center envisions communities that recognize, support, and celebrate the role that parents and caregivers play in their children's development and well-being.

Our Values


We provide a safe, clean, and facilitated environment where all families can play and learn together.


We welcome, accept, and respect all cultures, races, family structures, and abilities.  Staff and families treat each other with respect.  Our diversity is an asset that we celebrate.


We recognize and support the strengths inherent in each family and child.


We partner with families in promoting school readiness skills such as following group rules, taking turns, using language, making friends, respecting others and property, using art materials, using large and fine motor skills, and putting toys and materials away.  Staff members share information with families about activities, services, programs, and resources that are available in our area.


We are centrally located and easily accessible by car or bus.  There are no physical or financial barriers to participate in our programs.


We depend on donations, grants, and family contributions and are committed to using them wisely.  Our board and staff maximize our modest budget with the highest level of fiduciary responsibility and mindfully develop meaningful and unduplicated programs that address community needs.


The Horseheads Family Resource Center (HFRC) opened its doors in 2008 after a committee of citizens identified the local need for support for young families in Chemung County. Spear-heading the project were Dan Tarshus and his wife Kathy. 

“We are concerned about early childhood development and relating that to the parent,” Dan said, just prior to the Center’s opening. “If you don’t have a child ready for school by kindergarten, it’s already a losing proposition.  The notion here is around developing a relationship between the child and the parent. It isn't you drop the child off and come back in a few hours.” 

Located in the First United Methodist Church on Broad Street, the HFRC has hosted thousands of visits and helped hundreds of families in our area. The HFRC is an independent nonprofit organization that is supported by the local philanthropic community, generous individuals and businesses, and parent donations and fundraising.

First United Methodist Church is a beautiful place, with lots of room for our programming and an outdoor play area for the children. We are so grateful to have such a perfect location to host our families! While the church was identified as being the best space for us to perform our work, thanks to the continued support and generosity of the church staff and congregation, our resources are available to all families, regardless of race, status, or religion. We look forward to watching you and your children grow with us in the years to come.


Joan Ostrander, Program Director, has a Master's degree in Education with Early Childhood Education, with many years of experience in early childhood development and family resource centers.
Contact: johfrc@gmail.com | (607) 483-1067

Christina Jackson, Development Director, has a background in marketing and started volunteering for the Center in 2008, after many positive experiences bringing her children to play here.
Contact: cmjackson@horseheadsfamilyresourcecenter.org

Brenda Derry, Toddler Play & Grow Teacher, has a Bachelor of Science degree, has been attending and working at HFRC for several years, and has received certification in the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program.

Open Positions:

There are no open positions at this time.

Who we serve

All families are welcomed at the Horseheads Family Resource Center. The HFRC offers universal access to all who wish to participate and serves a very diverse population. The majority of families patronizing the HFRC reside in Elmira (39%) with an additional 30% from Horseheads and 10% from Corning. The pie chart, right, shows where our families come from.


The Board

Our board of directors consists of: Don Keddell, President; William Brodginski, Vice President; Robert White, Treasurer; Susan Eisner, Secretary; Amanda Gilbert; Lauren Groth; Rhonda Kouterick; Keith Ryoo; and Jennifer Sczepanski. The Board meeting schedule is available at the center.

Contact Us

1034 W. Broad Street | Horseheads | NY
(607) 483-1067

Joan Ostrander, Program Director
Contact: johfrc@gmail.com | (607) 483-1067

Christina Jackson, Development Director
Contact: cmjackson@horseheadsfamilyresourcecenter.org

Brenda Derry, Toddler Play & Grow Teacher


All of our financial information is available to the public, released in the Form 990 each year. View our tax reports at Citizen Audit to see how we efficiently utilize our funding to maximize the effectiveness of our programming.


We want to thank our volunteers for helping with our website. Except where otherwise credited, pictures were provided by Gretchen Braun and Elizabeth Zilinski. Mrs. Zilinski put together our website using a template from Pixelarity and volunteers to provide our website updates as requested. We thank you both for your dedication!