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Head Start in Boston.

The federal government funded Head Start program is run by dozens of agencies across Boston Massachusetts. One agency that takes a leading role is Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. There are several different components to the program. They include the following.

Head Start in Massachusetts offers a number of free services to parents in the greater Boston area who may not normally be eligible for free dental, health, or child care. In general the program is involved in providing crucial early childhood development, education, and health and dental care to low-income children in in qualified families. The solution deals with all aspects of an individual’s development, including emotional, social, cognitive, and physical growth. Almost 3,000 pre-kindergarten children throughout Boston receive help every year.

Another program in high demand is Early Head Start. This component can serve infants, pregnant women, your children, and toddlers, providing very young children in the community with free or low cost child care and helping meet their needs.

Some of the components offered by Head Start in the Boston region include.

The Good Guys program will provide resources and supports for fathers in the community who want more active participation in their children's lives.

A host of general assistance programs that are targeted at helping pregnant women, teen parents, and also low-income adults who are in need of professional development training services, health care, and/or educational assistance.

Another option is the PEECE project. This service provides educational opportunities for preschool teachers at every level of experience and schooling through a seventier professional development program.

Head Start for Homeless Children will be able to offer a menu of case management and comprehensives services to homeless children and their families in the Boston Massachusetts region.





Receive health eating advice as well as physical activity from the Living Well Task Force. This component of Head Start was developed out of a concern for childhood obesity, the program promotes and helps family and individuals and staff to develop healthy lifestyle habits and programs.

If you are suffering from depression, the Family Connection project supports individuals with this disease.

Eye exams and glasses can be proved by the Vision in PreSchoolers. Eye doctors and other medical professionals are involved in determining if certain vision tests can predict those children who would benefit for more comprehensive vision examinations and/or glasses.

Boston MA Head Start Locations

Call or stop by any of these locations for more information or to apply.

Allston/Brighton - Allston-Brighton Head Start - Phone 617-783-1235
Multiple locations in the area include
St. Gabriel's 149 Washington St., Brighton 02135;
APAC Child Care, 406 Cambridge St., Allston 02134 as well as Rivendell Child Care Center, 41 Quint Ave., Allston 02134.

John F. Kennedy Family Service Center
Call- 617-241-7017
23A Moulton St., Charlestown 02129

Dorchester - Dorchester Head Start - Phone number - 617-282-1100
The various head start centers in the Dorcheser MA area include
198 Geneva Ave., Dorchester 02121
Early Head Start @ Geneva Avenue - 617-288-5580, 198 Geneva Ave., Dorchester 02121;
Gertrude E. Townsend Learning Program  617-288-9150, 198 Geneva Ave., Dorchester 02121;
Bradshaw Children's Learning Program 617-282-2327 64 Bradshaw St., Dorchester 02124;
Franklin Field Children's Center  617-282-0946 71-81 Ames St., Dorchester 02124;
Walnut Grove Head Start - 617-445-8202, ext. 412  22 Elm Hill Ave., Dorchester 02121.

East Boston - East Boston Head Start - Call 617-567-8855
Addresses and offices to apply at are
St. John's, 80 Lexington St., E. Boston 02128,
1222 Bennington St., E. Boston 02128;
Social Center, 68 Wm. Kelly/Central Sq., E. Boston 02128
E.B. Early Head Start, 130 Condor St., E. Boston 02128.





Hyde Park/Roslindale
South Side Head Start
Call 617-327-1152
695 Truman Pkwy., Hyde Park 02136
19 Corinth St., Roslindale 02131

Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain Head Start, Dial - 617-522-5533, 315 Centre St. Rear, Jamaica Plain 02130; Native American Community Head Start 617-232-8534,105 South Huntington Ave., Boston 02130.

Mattapan Family Service Center - 617-298-1785, 535 River St., Mattapan 02126

North End
North End Head Start - phone 617-367-0532 address: 9-11 Moon St., Boston 02113

St. Augustine's Church, 29-31 Lenox St., Boston 02119
Parker Hill-Fenway Head Start - dial 617-427-0464, 716 Parker St., Boston 02120;
Roxbury & Lenox Streets Head Start - 617-541-6935;
St. James/St. John's Church,149 Roxbury St., 02119;




South Boston - South Boston Head Start - 617-269-5160
Old Colony, 265 East 9th St., South Boston 02127
South Baptist, 80 L St., South Boston 02127
424 West Broadway, South Boston 02127
79 Orton Marotta Way, South Boston 02127

South End
Chinese Church Head Start - 617-426-2855, ext. 725, 100 Shawmut Ave., Boston 02118.
South End Head Start & Early Head Start,  617-426-2855, ext. 701, 112 Shawmut Ave., Boston 02118.

Head Start Partnership Programs - This agencies provide other services, resources, and assistance programs that partner with Head Start.

Haitian Multi-Service Ctr. @ Yawkey Ctr., 617-506-6600, 185 Columbia Rd., Dorchester 02121
Horizon's for Homeless Children - 617-445-1480, 555 Amory St., Jamaica Plain 02130
Infants and Other People - 617-482-9464, 464 Tremont St., Boston 02116
Lena Park Day Care - 617-436-1900, 150 American Legion Highway, Dorchester 02124
Paige Academy - 617-442-5419, 28 Highland Ave. & 40 Highland St., Roxbury 02119


By Jon McNamara

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