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Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start is a multi-service agency, providing comprehensive programs, services and support to local communities, families and children.

HCS Head Start is more than child care. 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.

Find out more about our programs

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Happy Friday! What a great day to snuggle up on the couch with a warm blanket and a good book! Families enrolled at Head Start's Parkside Early Learning Center in Ludlow, participated in a Pop-up Bedtime Story event, to celebrate the Week of the Young Child.Each night, parents and their preschoolers took turns reading to the class via Class Dojo. Love the creativity! Thanks for sharing Ms. Shelley!!! #reading #weekoftheyoungchild2021 #headstart ... See MoreSee Less
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HCS Head Start is celebrating the Week of the Young Child! The week started off with some hands on science 🧪 experiments 🔬 exploring worms. And the children used a variety of tools for lacing beads by matching colors, sorting, cutting, and painting 🧑‍🎨 to help with their fine motor skills. #WOYC21 #weekoftheyoungchild2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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Spring has sprung! Ideas to do more outdoors 🌸 🌳 🐦Take advantage of the warmth and sunshine of Spring by taking your learning activities outside! Read our new blog for strategies on how to do more with children outdoors: buff.ly/3d7vEHj ... See MoreSee Less
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Vaccine Clinic for HolyokeOn Wednesday, April 7th, 2021, and weekly thereafter, the Holyoke Council on Aging & Senior Center will be hosting one-day vaccine clinics as part of the Vaccine Equity Initiative. The first clinic will be 400 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We expect the subsequent clinics to be the same number of doses or larger. No second dose appointment will be necessary with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.As part of this effort, Behavioral Health Network will also be offering on-site clinics at programs and agencies throughout Holyoke that provide resources to Holyoke's vulnerable and at-risk populations.This clinic is operated via a partnership between the Holyoke Board of Health, the Holyoke Senior Center, Action Ambulance, and the HCC Nursing Program.These doses have been provided by the State to reach vulnerable populations in 20 communities across Massachusetts that have been the hardest hit by COVID.www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-equity-initiativeThese doses are available only to Holyoke residents that are currently eligible for the vaccine. That criteria is set by the State and not the Board of Health. By the date of the clinic, that will include all of the groups through Phase 2, Step 5 in the chart below. By our third clinic on 4/21/21, it would include all Holyoke residents.If you are an eligible Holyoke resident and would like to book a vaccine appointment, you can call the Senior Center at 413-322-5625. High-risk individuals will be prioritized, but all eligible residents are able to call and schedule an appointment. There are currently spaces available for the 4/7/21 clinic. ... See MoreSee Less
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Head Start community – Add this frame to your profile picture once you’ve been vaccinated! #SleeveUp4HeadStartHead Start community – Add this frame to your profile picture once you’ve been vaccinated! #SleeveUp4HeadStartTry it here: buff.ly/3wHZD1M ... See MoreSee Less
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I wish that ALL teachers were like the Head Start teachers! Thanks for getting my son prepared for another step in his – and my – life.

— Head Start Parent

COVID-19 UPDATES

In light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic — and mindful of the health, safety and well-being of our children, families and staff — we have made significant changes to our Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Please see more information here.

RECENT NEWS

Head Start is the national commitment to give every child,
regardless of circumstances at birth,
an opportunity to succeed in school and in life.
In the 50 years since its inception, Head Start has improved the lives of more than 32 million children and their families.
Head Start alumni – or “Head Start babies,” as they often call themselves – are in all walks of the nation’s life.

Educators, doctors, lawyers, military personnel, artists, engineers,
religious and civic leaders, and scientists – from all across the country –
remember Head Start as the place where, at an early age, they acquired a life-long love of learning.

In addition to life and school preparedness, Head Start is also the nation’s laboratory for early learning innovation.
Head Start offers a unique whole child/whole family program design coupled with a
delivery system that includes local programs, national standards, monitoring, professional development,
and family engagement. This has been the basis for many subsequent statewide and community initiatives.

from the National Head Start Association

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