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CLOSING: The Oneonta Head Start center on River Street will be closed from Thursday, November 19 through Monday, November 30th. This closing is in response to the Oneonta City School District closing due to a positive COVID-19 case and potential exposures.

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OFO Seeking Head Start Director

From pregnancy to preschool, Head Start promotes family health and well-being and prepares young children for kindergarten and life beyond school. Opportunities for Otsego is seeking a Head Start and Early Head Start Director to lead Head Start, Early Head Start and Universal Pre-Kindergarten class rooms and home-visiting components in whole family approaches in early childhood development.

For details on job responsibilities, qualification, and compensation, visit our Employment page.

About Opportunities for Otsego

Founded in 1966, Opportunities for Otsego helps alleviate poverty and fosters self-sufficiency through comprehensive and holistic client-centered services. The Agency focuses its attention on specific problems affecting the community, mobilizes resources, and creates solutions to unlock opportunities for low-income individuals and disenfranchised families. Our services encourage economic stability, social justice, and the promotion of healthy lives and families for residents of Otsego County.

Agency Mission

The leader in developing innovative solutions that promote healthy lives, thriving families, and caring communities.

Upcoming Events

11.26.2020 -11.27.2020 – Agency Closed: OFO will be closed in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The Emergency Housing and VIP shelter and hotlines will still be available to those with a need.  Assistance is available by calling Emergency Housing (607.432.8318) and the Violence Intervention Program (607.432.4855).

11.26.2020 - Oneonta Community Thanksgiving Dinner: The 2020 dinner will be take-out or delivery only.  Contact the organizers to make arrangements or to volunteer.

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12.01.2020 - Giving Tuesday:  Visit our Donate page to start a fundraiser and learn all the ways you can support OFO during the holidays and throughout the year.

12.25.2020 - Agency Closed: OFO will be closed in recognition of the Christmas holiday.  The Emergency Housing and VIP shelter and hotlines will still be available to those with a need.  Assistance is available by calling Emergency Housing (607.432.8318) and the Violence Intervention Program (607.432.4855).

01.01.2021 - Agency Closed: OFO will be closed in recognition of the New Years Day holiday.  The Emergency Housing and VIP shelter and hotlines will still be available to those with a need.  Assistance is available by calling Emergency Housing (607.432.8318) and the Violence Intervention Program (607.432.4855).

View the full agency calendar

What's Happening...

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COVID-19 Agency Updates: Please visit our News page for details and updates on program operations.

OFO recommends that the community continue to adhere to NYS State Department of Health recommendations to wear a mask; maintain 6 feet of distance in public; cover coughs and sneezes; and use proper washing techniques.

Individuals who are concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19 should call the Bassett Healthcare COVID-19 response line at 607.547.5555.

Please visit our Resources page for additional community supports.

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Now Enrolling! Head Start is enrolling 3 and 4 year old children for the 2020-2021 program year.  Children must turn 3 years old by December 1, 2020 to enroll for the fall.  Centers are located in Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Laurens, Morris, Oneonta, Richfield Springs, Schenevus, and Unadilla.  For more information, call 607.433.8055 or visit our Eligibility  page.

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Otsego County Tenants’ Rights & Responsibilities Guide:  A new booklet produced by OFO's Housing Services Department, provides general information about tenants’ rights in Otsego County, NY.  Access this new valuable resource, and others, through our Housing Services page.

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Now Offering Online Homebuyer Education!  Learn if homeownership is right for you and how to prepare financially for homeownership.EHomeLogo_white_for website.png

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$4,804,851reinvested into the local economy through employee salaries and program services. (FY2019)

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