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Agri-Business Child Development (ABCD), founded in 1946, is committed to providing the highest quality early childhood education and social services to farm worker and other eligible families across New York State.  Children, 8 weeks old through school age, benefit from the culturally and linguistically diverse programming recognized nationally as a hallmark of Agri-Business Child Development.

Services Provided: As a provider of Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, Head Start and Early Head Start, Agri-Business Child Development ensures that each child receives comprehensive educational, health, and social services. ABCD centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and are licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.   

Number of Children Receiving Services on an Annual Basis:  Approximately 1,250 depending on funding. Services are provided in thirteen (13) centers across New York State, primarily in areas of highest farm worker family concentrations.   

Hours of Operation: 8-12 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Eligibility: Eligibility requirements for local agricultural workers, as well as the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program, include household income, employment status, and children’s ages.  Eligibility requirements for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs include income and children’s ages.

Staff Possess Special Skills and Knowledge:  Staff must meet State and Federal mandated educational requirements. Teaching staff reflect the culture and linguistic diversity of the children served.

Geographic Areas Served: Areas of highest income eligible farm worker family concentrations. Counties served include: Cayuga, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca, Ulster, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates, as well as portions of Columbia, Dutchess and Greene. 

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13 Centers across New York State

We work hard to get our efforts noticed and are so proud of ABCD centers and staff. A well-informed community is an empowered one. All 13 centers and offices help spread the word about all the amazing developments at Agri-Business Child Development.                                     Click on the buttons below to see where ABCD centers and offices are located and for more information on services provided.

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ABCD centers offer high quality bilingual education services in preparation for Kindergarten to all qualifying children.



ABCD centers offer nutrition, health, and disability services to all qualifying children.

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ABCD centers offer social services and family engagement opportunities to all qualifying ABCD families.

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ABCD offers professional development trainings and continuing education support in the field of early childhood education and other related fields, to all ABCD staff.

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