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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Head Start is a family place. It not only helps the child but the concern and care is for the parents too.

— Head Start Parent


All HCS classrooms are currently CLOSED due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay in touch with HCS Head Start on our Facebook page, where we will post daily updates, resources and inspirations!

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Our Facebook Posts

The HCS Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Book Fairies visited some of our families yesterday. Giving out backpacks filled with summer learning materials and 📖 for the children to read. 🧚‍♂️ Massachusetts Head Start Association National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association ... See MoreSee Less

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Summer learning @ 🏡Start your Summer of learning with WGBH Education's Family Fun Program! Parents of young children (0-8) can find more information on how to join the weekly activity challenge here: bit.ly/WGBHFamilyFun
All materials are available in English and Español

Join our support Facebook group for weekly activity highlights, ask questions and show off your child's learning progress!
➡️ bit.ly/FamilyFunatHomeClub

Special thanks to our partners, Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care and WGBY Public Television
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Community ResourcesThis summer from June 15 to August 15, join our FREE Discover Your Summer Reading Club to read and get rewards, and enter raffles for prizes! The Club is for all ages - read all about it and how to get a reading log here: www.springfieldlibrary.org/library/discover-your-summer-2020/ ... 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