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

I have learned that being in your child’s life makes a big difference in their life and education.

— 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.

Donate to HCS Head Start


Our Facebook Posts

For some, Thanksgiving will look a little different tomorrow, but despite what’s going on in the 🌎 😷 there is so much we can be thankful for!

Let’s play the game of gratitude with our families and give thanks to the things we are grateful for!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Mark your calendars! Giving Tuesday is 12/1/2020! HCS Head Start will celebrate GivingTuesday, joining millions around the world participating in the global generosity movement.


#GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity— let’s rally to give young children the Head Start they deserve!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

HCS has openings for our Head Start@Home remote learning program for children birth to 5 years old. Please visit www.hcsheadstart.org or call
(413) 417-7779 for more information.

HCS tiene vacantes para nuestro programa de aprendizaje remoto Head Start @ Home para niños desde el nacimiento hasta los 5 años de edad. Visite www.hcsheadstart.org o llame
(413) 417-7779 para más información.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

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