About Us

Mission Statement

The Horseheads Family Resource Center exists to provide a safe, respectful, nurturing and fun environment where all young children and families can come together to increase school readiness, improve parenting skills and strengthen family relationships. We strive to create a strong sense of community and belonging by partnering with others in the development and delivery of meaningful programs that support this vision.


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 | (607) 483-4422

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.
Contact: (607) 483-4438

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; Bill Brodginski, Vice President; Robert White, Treasurer; Becca Cerne, Assistant Treasurer; Susan Eisner, Secretary; Mary Erickson; Rhonda Kouterick; Cathy McLaughin; and Lance Muir. The Board meets every third Monday of the month at 12:15pm.

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 | (607) 483-4422

Brenda Derry, Toddler Play & Grow Teacher
Contact: (607) 483-4438


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!