Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start is a multi-service agency, providing comprehensive programs, services and support to local communities, families and children.  We provide early childhood education, to prepare preschool children for kindergarten, and for life.

We offer traditional part-day early childhood programs at no cost to eligible families. In addition, HCS Head Start offers a full day option for eligible parents working or enrolled at school full time. Fees for the full day option range from sliding scale to full tuition.

We provide family and parent support, and opportunities for families to engage in a child’s education and in the HCS Head Start community. We also provide family and parent programs including cooking, money management, parenting classes, a healthy relationships program, and more.

Since its inception in 1965, Head Start has improved the lives of more than 32 million children and their families.

It has been a joy to see the impact that the Head Start teachers have had on my daughters learning. They have taken the time to support her writing her name, adding numbers and learning new words.

— Head Start Parent

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We wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July! We'll be closed to honor Independence Day but look forward to seeing you after the holiday. ... See MoreSee Less
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A FEW 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS FOR FAMILIES:- View fireworks from a safe distance – at least 500 feet away from the fireworks launch site.- Protect children’s hearing – fireworks & firecrackers can be as loud as 150 decibels - a lot louder than what's considered a safe listening level (75–80 decibels), even one loud burst is enough to cause some permanent hearing damage. - Don’t pick-up a “dud” firework – even if an unexploded firework falls to the ground, it could still go off, keep your distance and call your local fire department right away.- Wave a flag (or glow stick) instead of a sparkler – sparklers may seem relatively harmless, as fireworks go, but nearly half of fireworks injuries to children under age 5 are related to sparklers. For a list of 4th of July Fireworks in the area, plus other July fun including festivals, live music, and more, check out Explore Western Mass > explorewesternmass.com/summertime-in-western-mass-2. ... See MoreSee Less
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