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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HCS Head Start families,Due to the frigid weather forecasted for tomorrow, January 11th, all classrooms will be closed.Thank you! 🥶 ❄️ ❄️ ❄️ ❄️ ❄️ ❄️ ❄️ ❄️ ❄️ ❄️ Familias de HCS Head Start, Debido al clima gélido pronosticado para mañana todas las aulas estarán cerradas. ¡Gracias! 🥶 ... See MoreSee Less
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This is a message for one of our amazing Site Directors, Ms. Sarah:“As educators I know you know that feeling of amazement, joy, and excitement. Kudos to Mrs. Myrna and Mrs. Amarilys for preparing our kids to be Kindergarten ready! Hope this gives a little joy to the end of this crazy week!”Nourishing a Natural love for literacy in Early Childhood.Preschoolers at Madison Ave. Head Start are; Noticeably developing their school readiness skills.Providing children with a Notable Head Start!Brought to you by the letter, "N"It’s been a tough week! But this is what keeps us going!!! To our fellow early learning partners, hang in there and have a safe and restful weekend! 😷#HeadStartForward ... See MoreSee Less
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Due to the snow storm predicted for tomorrow, 1/07/2022:❄️All Part Day classrooms will be closed.❄️2 Hour Delay for Full Day/Full Year classrooms. Debido a la tormenta de nieve prevista para mañana:❄️Todas las aulas de medio día estarán cerradas.❄️ Retraso de 2 horas para aulas de día completo / año completo. ... See MoreSee Less
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¡Feliz día de los Reyes Magos! Happy Three Kings Day! ... See MoreSee Less
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Head Start is an excellent program. It really does help children get ahead. All three of my children have gone to Head Start and have excelled in school.

— Head Start Parent


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.


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