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.

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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


We open the 2020-2021 school year mindful of the current COVID-19 global pandemic and 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 as a result of the coronavirus.

Please see more information here.

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Holyoke Chicopee CFCE is offering a workshop next week! A speaker from MSPCC is scheduled for Wednesday to speak about the social emotional development of young children.

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HCS is enrolling for Head Start and Early Head Start. Head Start@Home a remote learning program. Call today! Or visit www.hcsheadstart.org ... See MoreSee Less

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Parenting workshop Wednesday January 27th!
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Virtual Playgroup! Contact Maritza at martinezm@headstart.org or at 413-310-1632 to sign up. ... See MoreSee Less

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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