Education from Day One
Building a foundation for educational success. ABCD’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs helps over 2,200 young children and their families each year, prepare for success in school and life by providing high-quality early education.
Children ages 3-to-5-years-old attend 23 Head Start sites across the city. Infants, toddlers and pregnant mothers get the support they need at Early Head Start Centers in Dorchester, East Boston and the South End. Year-round, extended-day programs enable parents to go to school or work.
These programs help children learn during the most important years for brain development. They offer comprehensive support for parents and children—including health services, nutrition and social services to keep families strong.
Because Head Start knows that parents are the most important teachers, parents are deeply involved in the program. Parents are leaders in making policy and guiding programs, volunteering in the classroom and advocating for the needs of young children.
ABCD’s Head Start program is at the forefront of cutting-edge work in early education—from fighting childhood obesity, to involving fathers, to building school readiness, to training teachers to meet high standards. Partners include Boston’s leading hospitals and universities.
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Who Is Eligible for Head Start?
Head Start offer free services to families who live in Boston and meet federal low-income guidelines. Families who receive public assistance or other benefits may also be eligible.
2013 Family Income Guidelines for Head Start & Early Head Start
Head Start Children must be at least three years old as of September 1, 2013.
Early Head Start provides services for pregnant women, babies, and toddlers up to three years old.