Head Start

2011 Head Start Annual Report and Budget

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. Door-to-door transportation is provided at many of the centers. 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.

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, Ashland, Grafton, Hudson, Medway, Milford and Northbridge. Each center is able to serve children from surrounding towns and the program transports children from Natick to its center in Framingham.

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

Limited acceptance of used books and used children’s clothing and toys. The program coordinates a "Back To School" donations drive each fall (for new children’s clothing and book bags) and a "Holiday Assistance" donations drive each December (for new children’s toys and clothing).

Annual Statistics

The program's total enrollment is for 381 children.

Click on the following link or paste the address into your browser to reach the Head Start Bureau website http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/hsb/