Community Action's Head Start & Early Learning Programs (HSELP) Head Start at Home program provides weekly Head Start home visiting for pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in all counties, and offers play-based learning activities in your home each week, tailored to your child’s interests and needs. Your Home Visitor will partner with you as you care for your young child and will support you as your child’s primary Educator. You also have access to information, referral services, and opportunities to connect with other local families! For pregnant women, your Home Visitor will partner with you and your family for you to learn more about pregnancy, parenting and childbirth, providing information or trainings based on your unique needs and questions. Your newborn can be automatically enrolled into our Early Head Start home visiting program, as we continue to provide postpartum support.
HSELP provides quality early education and care, and comprehensive services to pregnant women and children from birth to age five, in Franklin, Hampshire and Western Hampden Counties. All of our services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families.
Our Services include: > Part-Day/School-Year Classrooms > Full-Day/Full-Year Classrooms and Family Child Care > Extended-Day/School year Classrooms > Home Visiting
All program options include comprehensive services: > A Family Advocate is made available to work in partnership with you and your family to provide individualized support to you and your family > Specialists are available to provide information and assistance around health, special needs, social-emotional, behavioral and mental health concerns, as needed.
HSELP uses the Brazelton Touchpoints™ approach, an evidence-based, trauma informed way of working with families in support of their relationship with their child, and the child’s development. Our staff are highly qualified, often exceeding State and Head Start requirements.