Eligibility & Cost | Center Locations | Home
Community Action, Inc. (CAI) Head Start serves approximately 200 children per year and has OCCS 2 licensed centers in Haverhill and one in Newburyport. The program offers:
- full-day/full-year programs.
Families are eligible if they meet the Head Start income guidelines, qualify for public assistance, or receive services from a MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) program.
To find out if your family is eligible, please contact us, 978-372-5052 or fill out the Application Request
What does Head Start offer?
The highest quality...
- Classrooms and Outdoor Space
- Family Services
- Health Services
- Mental Health/Wellness Services
- Special Needs Services
- Kindergarten Preparedness
- Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities
- Transportation Service
What can the Head Start program offer your child?
Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically. The Head Start staff recognize that, as parents, you are the first and most important teachers of your children. They will welcome your involvement in Head Start activities and will work as partners with you to help your child progress. Head Start staff members offer your child love, acceptance, understanding, the opportunity to learn and experience success. Head Start children socialize with others, solve problems, and have other experiences which help them become self-confident and ready to enter Kindergarten. The children also improve their listening and speaking skills.
What can Head Start offer your family?
- Head Start offers you a sense of belonging, support services, and a chance to be involved in activities to help your whole family. You can take part in classes on many subjects, such as child rearing, job training, health and nutrition, and using free resources in your own community.
- Head Start offers parent support. Some parents learn the English language; others learn to read. Head Start also offers assistance to parents interested in obtaining a high school General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or other adult education opportunities.
- Head Start offers family referral services. If you have a family member with a special problem, such as drug or alcohol abuse, job loss, or other family crisis, your family can receive help through Head Start. Head Start staff members refer families needing help to medical, social, welfare, or employment specialists in the community and will follow up to be sure you receive assistance.
- You can become a Head Start volunteer and learn more about child development. This experience may later qualify you for training which can help you find employment in the child care field.
- You can also have a voice in the Head Start program by serving on Policy Council and on various committees. Parents' experiences in Head Start have raised their own self-confidence and improved their ability to make decisions.