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Head Start

Program Description/Services

Head Start provides comprehensive early education and support services for children ages three to five and their families. In addition to providing center-based and home-based preschool education, the program provides supportive services in the areas of health and dental care, nutrition, special education, parent skill workshops and social services. Children are provided with a daily lunch and breakfast or snack, which meet all federal, and state nutrition guidelines. Classrooms typically operate from September through May, Mondays through Fridays and from 8:30am to 2pm.

Eligibility Requirements

Family income must be at or below the federal poverty guideline though some exceptions may be made for families moderately over these amounts. Children must be 3 years of age by the Kindergarten cutoff date in their community (typically Aug. 31st/Sep 1st check your local school district website for more information)

Contact Information

To refer a child for services or to get additional information, call (508) 820–8380, or for toll free call (800) 779–4853.

Program Location

Centers are located in Framingham, Marlboro, Medway, and Northbridge. Each center is able to serve children from surrounding towns.

Volunteer Opportunities

Assistance to teachers in classrooms and assistance to the Parent’s Policy Council in areas such as fund-raising and full membership as a community representative.

Donations Accepted

Please contact Candy Hogan: chogan@smoc.org (Family service manager) for donation request.

Annual Statistics

The program's total enrollment is for 362 children.

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SMOC'S MISSION
South Middlesex Opportunity Council will improve equity, wellness and quality of life for diverse individuals and families by providing advocacy, education, and a wide range of services; building a community of support and inclusion; and creating awareness to combat poverty through partnerships and coalitions with other organizations.