Programs for pregnant women and children, birth - 5 in Franklin, Hampshire and Western Hampden Counties


Our full-day, full year and extended day sites are open for on-site services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers (Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Northampton, Amherst, Westfield and Family Child Care). Home visiting programs continue to provide services remotely. We are also enrolling children into our new Head Start at Home program that provides FLEXIBLE virtual learning with experienced and caring Head Start staff!      


All program options provide:

  • Support for children with special needs and individualized comprehensive health, mental health & family support services

  • Interesting and meaningful parent development and leadership opportunities  

  • Making connections with other parents and staff  

  • Connections to community resources


At HSELP, the ongoing health and safety of children, families and staff are our top priority! We have very stringent health and safety protocols in place and our systems, training and early childhood COVID-19 curriculum all work together to provide emotionally responsive care.


We understand that this disruption can cause confusion for children. Please reference these helpful guides on how to talk to your children about Coronavirus. 



At Head Start & Early Learning Programs, we partner with families in all that we do and believe the parents are the experts on their children. Together, we build a solid foundation for resilient and resourceful caregivers; caring, confident, and curious children; and responsive invested communities.

Click here to view our

Head Start/Early Head Start 2018 Annual Report

Head Start & Early Learning Programs provides early education and care to children, ages 0-5, in Head Start & Early Head Start programs, center-based classrooms, family child care homes, and home visiting programs. Through a flexible mix of affordable options, we offer families earning lower-incomes the security of knowing that their children are learning and playing in a safe, supportive environment.



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
or email


We offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, and Western Hampden Counties. 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 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 Head Start & Early Learning Program's Parent and Community Complaints Policy, click here.

In Head Start, we provide thousands of meals and snacks to children each month - in accordance with our federal funders, we comply with the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement, and we encourage participants to read it here.

To enroll your child in any 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.

Attention Child Care Providers! Are you a part of the Community Action family? Here are 5 great reasons why we'd love to have you!

Community Action's Head Start & Early Learning Programs 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

Head Start and EEC 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


Are you already enrolled? Lost the number for your child’s site?

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.


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