Since 1965 HCS Head Start Inc. has been providing high-quality early childhood education services for children and families in cities and towns located in Western Massachusetts.

We serve Brimfield, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Granby (Shared with Community Action), Hampden, Holland, Holyoke, Indian Orchard, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, South Hadley (Shared with Community Action), Springfield, Three Rivers, Wales, and Wilbraham.

Head Start provides a solid foundation for children to gain necessary skills to enter kindergarten and to be successful in life. Our centers are fully licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care.

For more information about our centers or the towns we serve, contact us at (413) 417-7779.


EDUCATING Children: We promote school readiness by enhancing children’s social and cognitive development, through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services.

SUPPORTING Families: Our services for eligible adults and families include health and nutrition programs, mental health programs, parenting programs, relationship programs, and financial education programs.

BUILDING Healthy Communities: We support the health and education of families and children of our communities through our comprehensive programs, and in partnership with other area service providers.

Holyoke • Chicopee • Springfield Head Start, Inc. is committed to providing low-income children and their families with a Beacon of Hope and source of support for a brighter future. We strive to do so by providing high quality comprehensive child development services to enrolled children and empowering families to achieve stability in their home environment.


  • Excellence

  • Respect

  • Diversity

  • Communication

  • Teamwork

  • Flexibility

  • Dedication

  • Shared Vision

Chief Executive Officer

Nicole Blais, HCS Head Start Chief Executive Officer

Board of Directors

Susan Gosselin, Board Chair
Raymond Akers, Vice Chair
Alison Walsh, Treasurer/Clerk
Andrew Balder, M.D.
Sally Carlton, Ph.D.
Daniel Blakesley, Esq.
Jennifer Wallace Jacoby, Assistant Professor
Audra Cimineri
Melissa Danehey
Esther Alicea, Shared Governance Liaison

2022 Annual Report