Federally-funded head start programs help prepare young children from low-income families, ages birth to five years old, and their parents for the social and educational challenges that young children face as they develop. Each head start program focuses on providing comprehensive services designed to enhance a child's emotional, social, cultural, language, reading, mathematics, science, health and nutrition education.
This head start center locator page contains links to listings of programs offered in the 13 counties in the state of Massachusetts. Each listings page contains the name, address and contact information for a specific county's available centers. From that page, use additional links to explore individual center facts, application instructions and directions.
Our head start center locator features the number of head start centers per county in parentheses ( ) to the right of the county names. To see a current list of your county's head start centers, click your county's name.
ABCD Head Start and Children's Services is the largest early childhood education program in Boston. We have established ourselves as national experts in the field of early childhood development with a proven track record of serving low-income families.
Unlike traditional child care and other early education programs, Head Start focuses on preparing children for school, working to develop each child's social and learning skills through:
High Quality Education
Family Case Management
Disability Services and Support
Mental Health Services for Children and Families
Health Screenings (Including Dental, Vision and Hearing)
It is our goal to work with families and assist children to develop socially, cognitively, physically, and emotionally while fostering a positive self-image and love for learning that will help them succeed in our program, in public school and later in life.
Head Start is a federally funded preschool program whose focus is to provide quality instruction and education with an emphasis on early literacy and mathematics. Children leave Head Start prepared for elementary school and a successful transition to kindergarten. Teachers use research based curriculum. Instruction is provided in both individual and small group settings. The classroom environment and teacher instruction provide opportunities for each child to develop at their own pace in a stimulating and challenging setting.
Head Start is a free child development program which provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition and social services to pre-school children ages 2.9 â€“ 5 years of age from income eligible families. The overall goal of Head Start is to increase the childâ€™s effectiveness in dealing with everyday life and later responsibilities in school and life. Because parents are the most important influence in their childâ€™s development, Head Start provides many opportunities for parents to become involved in the program, and to improve their own education and employment potential.
The Community Action Agency of Somerville Headstart Program is a comprehensive developmental pre-school program that provides a variety od services to 355 loww-income children and families in the cities of Somerville and Cambridge. Our program provides disability services for at least 35 children and their families.
Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive child and family development program serving low income families with children between the ages of three to five (3-5) years old. Head Start has been operating a successful early childhood program since it's inception in 1965
Community Action, Inc. (CAI) Head Start serves approximately 200 children per year and has OCCS 2 licensed centers in Haverhill and one in Newburyport. The program offers:
Children's Village at the Mill is an early care and education program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are fifteen months up to five years old. Children's Village integrates Head Start and Early Head Start Standards within all areas of the center. Children's Village, Lowell's only downtown child care center, is located in the historic Market Mills complex. This bright, spacious center offers a small homelike feel to 66 children from birth through five years of age. The Village recently obtained accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This prestigious national accreditation represents a seal of high quality.
Early Head Start and Head Start provide comprehensive support for families and their children in the areas of education, health, nutrition and mental health. Early Head Start is for families with pregnant mothers and for parents with children ages 4 months to 3 years old . Head Start is designed for families with children ages 3 to 5 years.
The Head Start Program is committed to employing and developing highly skilled-team oriented staff, which is representative of the various cultures and ethnic backgrounds of our diverse client population. By combining the efforts of team members, Head Start is able to provide the best possible services to the child and their family.