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Early Care & Education

Positive educational, social and health interventions for children in infancy and pre-school years – and for pregnant mothers – will help children succeed in school and life. Parents often need help to support their children through this period as well as assistance in gaining needed skills and credentials to succeed in the workforce.

Head Start & Children’s Services

ABCD Head Start & Children’s Services focuses on school readiness, social and learning skills, and physical wellness from the time your child is an infant – when brains develop the fastest – until they are approaching enrollment in kindergarten. We believe that children, especially infants, are the most vulnerable citizens in our society, and along with their parents, it is our job to prepare them to be future leaders. 

ABCD’s Head Start & Early Head Start programs serve more than 3,000 young children and their families annually, providing high quality early education that prepares them for success in school and life. Head Start is considered the “gold standard” of early education programs, providing comprehensive services – education, health, nutrition, family services – and intensive parent engagement. Parents are leaders in program decision-making, help shape Head Start policy, guide programs, volunteer in the classroom and advocate for the needs of their children and their families. 

Early head start students listening to live music


Senator Elizabeth Warren visited ABCD’s Roxbury campus on January 29, seeing the life-changing Head Start program in action and sitting down with ABCD leadership and staff members to hear how important federal resources are to critical wrap-around services ABCD provides. Before leaving she joined the youngsters in their “circle-time” song. 

Head Start yields a 13% return on investment, per year, per child.

For every $1 invested, there is a $6.30 return.

Child Care Choices of Boston

Child Care Choices of Boston is the Child Care Resource & Referral agency for Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop. CCCB plays a key role in making child care work for everyone by providing support, resources, technical assistance, training and child care expertise to a very diverse community of more than 8,500 families and 1,400 child care providers in the service area. CCCB distributed more than $50 million in state-funded vouchers to more than 13,000 children.

early head start students being read to


8,500 Families

1,400 Child Care Providers in the area

$50 million+ in state-funded vouchers to 13,00 children.