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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From all of us at HCS Head Start,Happy Thanksgiving y Feliz día de acción de gracias. 😊 ... See MoreSee Less
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Kudos to our Family Services and NutritionTeams for helping to deliver Turkey dinners today! We are thankful for our dedicated staff helping to make the holidays a little bit brighter! Gobble, gobble 🍽#HeadStartForward #grateful #Thanksgiving ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Friday! In a way to support staff wellness, HCS Head Start teamed up with CookingMatters to host a virtual cooking class last night, as a way to come together outside of the classroom to relax and cook 👩🏽‍🍳 some delicious healthy food!Black bean and vegetable quesadillas and fresh mango salsa. Delicious! We need to take care of our caregivers and educators so they can take care of our children. 🌶 If you are interested in joining the HCS team please visit www.hcsheadstart.org and check out our open positions. 👩🏽‍🏫 🧑‍💼 👩🏻‍⚕️ 👨🏻‍🏫 #HeadStartForward #staffwellness #cookingmatters ... See MoreSee Less
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To all of our staff and Head Start families that have served -to family and friends of military service- Happy Veterans Day!We owe you a debt of gratitude, but more than that we owe you our freedom. Thank you for bravely doing what you were called to do so we can safely do what we are free to do. From all of us at HCS Head Start, Inc. 🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
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Dear HCS Head Start Families,Look at all of the delicious ingredients you get when you sign-up for CookingMatters ! During today's virtual class, Black Bean Quesadillas and Mango Pineapple salsa are on the menu.Interested in learning more? Ask your awesome Family Service Coordinators. Cooking Matters ... See MoreSee Less
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EMPLOYMENT: Start your career at Head Start today!

I see that the teachers care a lot about the students and their families. They are excellent all the way.

— 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.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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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