Head Start Programs

Early Head Start and Head Start Programs


The Dimock Center Early Head Start & Head Start Programs provide comprehensive education and family support services to eligible pregnant women, children birth through age five, and their families. Through our work, we strengthen and support positive outcomes, economic stability, and well-being for children, families, and our community.

Dimock’s Head Start program serves 102 preschool ages children 2.9 – 5 years old and operates on a traditional school-year schedule (September – June), five days per week from 8:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. All 6 Head Start classrooms are located on the main Dimock campus in the Jackie Jenkins-Scott Learning Center.
Dimock’s Early Head Start center-based program serves 124 infants and toddlers, ages 4 months to 3 years old all year-round (49 weeks), five days a week from 8:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Dimock’s Early Head Start Home Visiting program serves 44 expectant families and their children ages birth to three years old. Operating year-round, trained Home Visiting Specialists provide weekly home visits designed to ensure positive birth outcomes for expectant families and optimal family functioning and positive child outcomes.

We are committed to helping children and families prepare to be successful in school and life as well as:

• Creating an organizational culture that utilizes a trauma-informed approach to support and empower staff.
• Combatting the stigma of mental health through the use of a trauma-informed and culturally-aware approach to program services.
• Serving as a leading voice in community advocacy, leveraging health and technology partnerships that dismantle barriers to equitable access and empower families as advocates and leaders.
• Implementing policies and practices that respond to the unique needs of our community by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We also provide before and after-school wrap-around services (B.A.S.E) for children enrolled in Early Head Start and Head Start programs. EEC Contracts slots and Voucher are accepted.

New families who are interested in enrolling should talk with their assigned Family Support Specialist.

Our Program Works!
We are pleased to share our Annual Report with all of our families, community and stakeholders. We take great pride in the work of our team and their commitment to every child and family’s success!

View 2020-2021 Annual Report

Eligibility requirements:
To enroll in Early Head Start or Head Start, families must live in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale or Jamaica Plain and meet federal income guidelines. We encourage families from these communities to apply, even if you are not sure if your family is eligible – we will make every effort to assist you in finding the right place for you and your child.

How to apply:
If you are interested in enrolling your child in Early Head Start or Head Start, please call 617-442-8800 ext. 1390 or ext. 1219 or apply now online.

Please note that applications are accepted year-round. If slots are not available, eligible families are placed on a waitlist.

To enroll in Early Head Start or Head Start, parents must provide:

  • Birth Record for the child being enrolled
  • Proof of Address (lease agreement or utility bill)
  • Proof of Family Income (paystubs, tax forms, TANF or SSI award letter)
  • Photo Identification for parent(s) or guardian(s)