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


HCS Head Start is accepting applications for the upcoming school year! Watch this video to learn all of the ways Head Start programs support children and their families. Call 413-417-7779 today! #GetAHeadStart #preschool #ApplyNow ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Friday! HCS Head Start wrapped up the school year and had celebrations over the past few weeks to acknowledge all the achievements our preschoolers made. We have the BEST teachers & support staff and they put their heart and soul into the program!Congratulations to all of the Head Start graduates! And a BIG THANK YOU to all of the staff and families who supported their preschoolers throughout the school year.We are currently accepting applications for the upcoming school year! www.hcsheadstart.org or call 413-417-7779. ... See MoreSee Less
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EMPLOYMENT: Start your career at Head Start today!

This agency has been an inspiration for my life and made the quality of life better for my whole family.

— 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