PSFC’s mission is to provide resources for the evolving needs of community children and families, in support of efforts to achieve their goals.
PSFC’s vision is to be recognized by our community as Monroe County’s foremost educator and provider of child-focused services.
Pocono Services for Families and Children (PSFC) began serving vulnerable families as Monroe County Head Start in 1965 as an eight-week summer pilot project to support needy preschoolers. Monroe County Head Start was approved as the Grantee for the Head Start Program in Monroe County and was housed on the campus of East Stroudsburg University (then ESSC). The program increased enrollment to 30 children and moved to St. John’s Church in Stroudsburg. Establishing Pocono Services for Families and Children, the organization moved to the basement of the East Stroudsburg Methodist Church, increasing enrollment to 75 children and busing children in weekly from the Tobyhanna area for classroom experiences. In 1992, a center in Gilbert was rented to better serve the children and families in the West End of our county, increasing enrollment to over 100. A year later, space was secured in Mount Pocono to better serve children of the Pocono Mountain School District. In 1997, PSFC launched a capital campaign to purchase a facility, successfully raising more than $750,000. In 1998, the agency purchased the Flick Building in East Stroudsburg, housing five classrooms and serving more than 100 children. In 2008, a Pre-K Counts classroom was opened in the J M Hill Elementary School and in 2009, Coolbaugh Township Superviors worked with PSFC to secure classroom space in the township complex. The 2010 school year began with additional classroom space in Brodheadsville and the 2011 school year started with Head Start classes at Resica and Middle Smithfield Elementary schools. In December 2013, the agency opened a Head Start class at Clear Run Elementary, its first class in a school building operated by Pocono Mountain School District. PSFC has grown from the summer program serving 12 children to year-round operations, serving more than 200 children each year in seven classroom locations around Monroe County. Statistically, PSFC currently serves only 13 percent of the eligible children in our community, so it continues to work to expand programming to better serve all at-risk children and their families in Monroe County.