Head Start

Head Start Art Projects

Head Start is our comprehensive, federally funded education program serving children 2.9 to 5 years of age. It is offered in our Gloucester and Beverly sites, as well as our satellite classrooms in Peabody and Salem. Although income is the primary basis for admission, homeless families and foster children are categorically eligible, and at least 10% of slots are reserved for children with disabilities.

Head Start recognizes the whole child in the context of the family. With a focus on attaining formal school readiness goals, Head Start also strives to help families achieve self-sufficiency through support and referrals.

Head Start emphasizes that parents are the child’s first and most important teachers, and we actively support parents in this role. When a family enrolls in Head Start, we ensure frequent parent/staff communication through home visits, phone calls and parent/teacher conferences. Parents are encouraged to participate in the program in a variety of ways, from volunteering in the classroom or on field trips to serving on committees or attending workshops that are offered.

For families and children whose primary language is not English, we have bicultural and bilingual teachers and interpreters available to help you access all components of the program. If your goal is to learn English, we can assist you in finding resources.

We provide routine screenings to assess each child’s development, including health and nutrition status, and we meet with parents to identify and obtain any support or resources needed for their child and family.  Our center also includes an age-appropriate outdoor playground and indoor play space for our children to run and play.

Like all of our comprehensive, all-inclusive educational programming, Head Start offers meals, nutrition assessment, health and developmental screenings, referrals for special education services, family support, enrichment programs and field trips.

Our Head Start programs must pass rigorous Federal program reviews every three years, and are also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

For enrollment information contact admissions@pw4c.org or 978.281.2400.

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