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


Janis, the Directors, and the Health Team would like to recognize National Nurses Appreciation Week beginning today May 6th through May 12th. We would like to thank our nurses and health team for all of the work that you do. Your work is incredibly important and when the pandemic struck, nurses were there. When we need testing, screenings, treatments and support nurses are there. As we move forward and towards that light at the end of the tunnel nurses and health staff are there. On National Nurses Day, we thank you for your efforts as you continue to care for our children, families, communities and beyond. To all of our nurses, health admin. and health team-you are our heroes.THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE! ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s Head Start’s birthday month! Let the celebration begin! 🥳It’s our birthday month! Throughout May, we’ll be taking a look at how Head Start programs help children and families thrive. Learn more about our history: buff.ly/2IlgYJ6 #HappyBdayHeadStart #56YearsofHeadStart ... See MoreSee Less
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Dear HCS Head Start Teachers,Janis Santos, the Directors, and myself wanted to wish all of our Teachers a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Your dedication to the Head Start mission and to our children and families is truly appreciated! As part of the direct care team, you have shown a level of commitment during these unusual times that have helped support children and their learning as well as helping families. We wanted to extend a special thank you for all that you do!Best,MaheraMahera H. ChiarizioDirector Of Education for HCS Head Start, Inc. ... See MoreSee Less
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We couldn’t say it any better! “Teachers play a pivotal role in our children's lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success. Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and #ThankATeacher with us May 3-7!”buff.ly/2WrBfidTeachers play a pivotal role in our children's lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success. Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and #ThankATeacher with us May 3-7!buff.ly/2WrBfid ... See MoreSee Less
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This week is Child Mental Health Awareness Week! A space to shine a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and to reinforce the message that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. When we focus on building resilienceand social-emotional skills in children, youth, and young adults, we can help families thrive. At our Parkside Early Learning Center, Ms. Shelley led a virtual social/emotional activity and Liani and her mom extended the learning at home and created this masterpiece titled: Liani: Emotions of a Preschooler. Thanks, Liani!!! This photo collage is a work of art.#mentalhealthawareness #NHSA #headstart ... See MoreSee Less
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EMPLOYMENT: Start your career at Head Start today!

What I like about Head Start are the dinosaurs!

— Head Start Student


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.


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

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