Parent-Child Development Center

To view PCDC's Head Start/Early Head Start 2015 Annual Report, click here.


The Parent-Child Development Center (PCDC) offers a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden Counties and the North Quabbin region. Our dedicated and skilled early childhood professionals offer a range of quality comprehensive services to ensure that families are welcomed into a friendly, safe, culturally-sensitive environment where an individualized, strength-based approach offers each child and family the opportunity to socialize, to develop knowledge and skills, and to increase self-confidence and resiliency.

The Parent-Child Development Center believes that a parent is their child’s first teacher, and that children learn through active exploration and play. In our programs, staff partner with parents in order to achieve optimal growth in all areas of development. The curricula we use align with Head Start Performance Standards, Department of Early Education and Care Frameworks, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s criteria. To view our 2010 OSHMS Review, click here.  To view PCDC's Parent and Community Complaints Policy, click here.

To read more about Community Action's Parent-Child Development Center, check out our

Parent Handbook (English)

Parent Handbook (Spanish)

Parent Handbook (Nepali)

Parent Handook (Russian)

To enroll your child in any Parent-Child Development Center programs including Head Start/Early Head Start, please complete and mail in our Printable Application or apply online. Click here to view the printable application in other languages

Community Action's Parent-Child Development Center offers:

·FREE Head Start preschool
·FREE Head Start and Early Head Start Home-Visiting Programs
·State-funded full-day preschool, Infant/Toddler care, and Family Child Care, some with Head Start and Early Head
Start services

PCDC enrollment staff work to customize affordable child care options to meet each child's needs and fit each family's schedule. 


To speak with our knowledgeable and friendly staff and learn how to enroll your child, please call:

Hampshire County residents call 413-387-1250
Franklin County residents call 413-475-1405
Hampden County residents call 413-654-1770

For Services in Spanish, call 413-387-1270

Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded programs for income-eligible pregnant women and families with children ages 0-5. These programs provide early childhood education for children as well as health and nutrition services, parent involvement activities, and social service support for enrolled families.