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, please call us at (413) 417-7779.

Do Head Start programs cost money?2020-03-02T18:42:12-05:00

We offer traditional part-day early childhood programs at no cost to eligible families. Find out about eligibility in our other FAQs.

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.

Does Head Start have financial eligibility requirements for families?2020-03-02T18:43:02-05:00

Yes, there are certain income requirements. Please call us at (413) 417-7779 to find out about current requirements.

At what age is a child eligible for Head Start?2020-03-02T18:43:58-05:00

EARLY HEAD START accepts pregnant mothers, and children from birth up to the age of 2.9.

HEAD START accepts children from ages 2.9 until 5 years of age.

MIGRANT HEAD START accepts pregnant moms, and children from birth until 5 years of age.

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