Our programs are carefully constructed to ensure that both you and your child will have a fun and educational experience. All of our programs are free, except for Toddler Play & Grow, which charges a small fee (scholarships are available).
The Horseheads Family Resource Center is a fun and welcoming place where families with young children experience the wonder of play, make friends, and learn about our community in a safe, enriching environment. The staff's expertise with young children's growth, school learning, and social development is helpful to parents and caregivers. There is so much to do at the HFRC's Open Hours, parents and children never get bored. Come and see for yourself all we offer.
Our regular hours are posted below, but always check our home page for any changes to our regular schedule.
|Tues.||1:30p - 7:30p||3:30p - 6:30p|
|Wed.||8:30a - 1:30p||9:30a - 12:30p*|
|Thur.||8:30a - 1:30p||10:00a - 1:00p|
*The gym closes at 11:30a on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Toddler Play & Grow
Toddler Play & Grow begins its school year in October. Enroll your 20-month-old to 3-year-old child for an opportunity to develop language, social, and emotional skills in a group setting while you are close by. For more information, click here.
Photo Credit: Chemung River Friends
Nature Strollers, funded by the Chemung Valley Audubon Society, is a fun, free outdoor program for babies, toddlers, and young school children and their caregivers. This program excels at developing school readiness skills, creating an awareness of the world around us, and providing the visual stimulation necessary for children to further develop the farsightedness needed for school success. A nature guide leads us on a leisurely walk through locations around Chemung County and encourages children and their families to interact with and enjoy our natural world. Literature related to the theme of the walk is provided, as well as binoculars courtesy of the Chemung Valley Audubon Society. Snacks and drinks are provided for the children halfway through the one-hour walk. This program cancels for thunder and lightning. Please join us on Facebook for exact meeting locations or changes to our Nature Strollers program. The most current schedule for Nature Strollers can be found on our Facebook page. Beginning in 2018, Horseheads Family Resource Center no longer hosts the program, but Joan Ostrander, our program director, will continue to lead the program on behalf of Chemung Valley Audubon Society and Chemung River Friends.
Tuesday Morning Play Group
Are you looking for other parents to connect with, or smaller play groups for you and your children? Parents and caregivers are welcome to join us every Tuesday in the play room for a small group play session for their babies, toddlers, and young preschoolers. Drop in any time from 9:30am - 11:30am. This program does not meet during the summer.
Parent-Child Mother Goose Program ©
The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program © is a group experience for parents and their babies and young children focusing on the pleasure and power of using oral rhymes, songs, and stories together. The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program © was first developed in Toronto in 1984 and is available throughout Canada and Australia. Horseheads Family Resource Center is excited to be the first place in the United States where you will find this program!
What do parents say about it?
"All of my children have enjoyed learning the rhymes and we do them often at home. I use them when they need redirection or are cranky. They really help to change everyone's mood! A great program for learning new ways to parent and have fun with your children."
"It has been wonderful one-on-one for my child and me. I loved the stories; they made me feel like I can tell a story to my son at home."
"This program has meant a lot. Our children make friends, gain skills in learning and memory."
"We feel support to build a better relationship with our chid. It is a fun, exciting, learning time."
This program runs on a repeating 6- to 8-week schedule. If you'd like to enroll, or for more information about our program, please contact Joan Ostrander, Program Director, for more information. (607) 483-1067
Sign & Play Time
Enjoy this program for parents/caregivers of children, ages newborn to 3-years-old. Learn American Sign Language (ASL) to promote communication with your baby. To sign up and for information about this program call Yuki at 542-9474.
The library's book mobile will be at the Horseheads Family Resource Center every other Thursday from 12:45p - 1:15p following the Horseheads School District calendar (i.e. if there is no school, there will be no book mobile). When your family visits the HFRC book mobile, you and your children can get a library card, check out library books, and have a great time bonding over books! Check out the full book mobile calendar here.
Want to help your child complete his/her homework but sometimes find it a struggle? Does your child need to read aloud every day after school, but finding time is difficult? Bring your child to this new program offered Tuesdays from 3-6 at HFRC and staff will work with you and your child as you encourage your child to complete his/her homework assignment.
The Reading Clinic for Parents and Teachers of Young Children is a program generously donated by Janet Patterson, "The Reading Lady" Expert Reading Teacher and Vision Therapist. Do you have a preschool child and are you looking for ways to help your child get ready for reading? Or do you have a child who struggles with reading? Perhaps you are a teacher of young children and want to increase your skill and knowledge in helping children become successful readers.
Janet Patterson will meet with you individually to answer your questions or help identify the reading difficulty your child experiences. She is skilled and experienced with a wealth of information to share with you as you strive to help the children in your life be successful readers! Call to schedule a time to meet with Janet. (607) 483-1067
We hold various parent workshops throughout the year on all sorts of interesting topics. Past topics include Sensory Kids: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder and The Value of Play: What Children Learn from Toys. Visit our Facebook page or call us for more information. (607) 483-1067
Baby Bistro | Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network
This informative and supportive group is for pregnant parents, parents new to breastfeeding, and parents who have been breastfeeding for a while. Invite a friend who is pregnant or is breastfeeding to join you in this relaxed setting for a time of sharing. This group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:30a - 11:30a. Lactation Counselor Pat Tremaine, (607) 737-2899, and Certified Lactation Consultant Rene McCann, (607) 735-5717, facilitate the group.