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Head Start

The Worcester Child Development Head Start Program has partnered with the Worcester Art Museum for the past two years. Although our visits to the art museum were cut short this year due to the pandemic, this rich and meaningful partnership offers our children, families, and staff the opportunity to experience the world of art through visits to art galleries and art studios. These experiences spark children’s interest and excitement while supporting the development of their knowledge of the creative arts. Topics of study are then extended into our Head Start classrooms and ateliers so that children can continue to explore and expand their knowledge.

We are so very grateful to the staff of the Worcester Art Museum for their unwavering support of the children, families, and staff of our program and we look forward to continuing this partnership moving forward.

Karen Waters
Assistant Director

What is Head Start?

We are a federally funded preschool program that provides comprehensive services to you, your family and your child.

What is our mission?

Our mission is to provide a high-quality preschool program that prepares your child to succeed in tomorrow’s world. We enhance the self-esteem and personal growth of all children including those with special needs while preparing every child to enter school ready to learn. Respectfully building on your family’s strengths, goals and your role as your child’s first teacher.  We work in partnership with you, your child and the community to promote and advocate for healthy development.

Where are our programs located?

We have four sites in the City of Worcester.

  • Greendale Head Start, 130 Leeds Street, Worcester MA 01606
  • Mill Swan A Head Start, 337 Mill Street, Worcester MA 01602
  • Mill Swan B Head Start, 337 Mill Street, Worcester MA 01602
  • Millbury Street Head Start, 389 Millbury Street, Worcester MA 01610

What Comprehensive Services do we provide?


We work to ensure that your child leaves our program with the confidence and school readiness skills that they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. We strive to provide a positive classroom environment, which fosters mutual respect. We recognize that you are your child’s first teacher. You know your child best. We encourage you to share any information about your child and be actively involved in your child’s education. You are always welcome to be part of your child’s educational experience with us.

Family Engagement

We strive to build strong home to school connections. We work to develop positive relationships with you and your child that are mutual, culturally responsive and that support what is best for your child and family. Together we share responsibility for the learning and development of your child.

Family Services

We work in partnership with you to develop family goals that support your child’s school readiness. We also provide resource and referral information and offer crisis intervention services if needed.

Health Services

We work with families to ensure that there is an ongoing source of continuous accessible medical care. We work with you to review your health insurance options and provide support and educational information.

Disabilities/Mental Health Services

We identify and serve, with the support of Worcester Public Schools Special Education staff, children with special needs in our inclusive preschool classrooms. We provide a full range of special accommodations and services necessary for children with and without disabilities. Our mental health wellness program implements practices to support the emotional, cognitive and social health of your child and your family.


To find out if you're eligible and to enroll, please visit the Head Start enrollment page.