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


Happy Friday! Our preschoolers read “I Want My Hat Back”, and made their own hats!This was made possible through a book donation from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation. 📖 #GetAHeadStart #earlyliteracy ... See MoreSee Less
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Is your child Ready for Kindergarten? Holyoke families, check out this event happening in your community! ¿Está su hijo listo para el Kindergarten? ¡Familias de Holyoke, miren este evento que está ocurriendo en su comunidad! ... See MoreSee Less
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HCS Head Start is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year! Please call 413-417-7779 or visit www.hcsheadstart.org for more information!¡HCS Head Start está aceptando solicitudes para el año escolar 2022-2023! ¡Llame al 413-417-7779 o visite www.hcsheadstart.org para obtener más información! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start, Inc.
It’s HCS Head Start’s 57th Birthday! On May 18, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Head Start Act and the rest is history.Thanks to the 1965 Junior League of Holyoke, our 1st Head Start classroom opened in the Toepfert Housing Complex in Holyoke. Holyoke Housing Authority Today, HCS Head Start, Inc. provides early learning services to over 1,000 children and their families living in the Greater Springfield area. Happy Birthday Head Start! Here’s to 57 more! #happybirthday #headstart #GetAHeadStart #HappyBDayHeadStart Head Start ... See MoreSee Less
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EMPLOYMENT: Start your career at Head Start today!

I see that the teachers care a lot about the students and their families. They are excellent all the way.

— 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