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Early Education Partners

Community Action Agency of Somerville Head Start

Head Start Director: Jessie Leonard
Preschool Director: Maureen Villa

Our Philosophy

Our mission is to prepare our communities’ young children to succeed in school and in life by delivering services in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being while engaging parents as partners every step of the way. Our programs promote the school readiness of children from low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way. Through nurturing, supportive learning environments that focus on the individual needs of each child, our classrooms support children’s development in 5 Central Domains: Approaches to Learning, Social and Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, Cognition, and Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development.  

Ages Served

Preschool – 3 to 5 years

Our Program and Classrooms

CAAS Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program that provides early childhood education and a variety of wrap-around services to children and families. Head Start supports the learning and development of children ages three to five in 15 classrooms located throughout Somerville and Cambridge. It offers part- and full-day options and a variety of supportive services, including: on-site speech and language, occupational, and physical therapy, and social-emotional supports for children with diverse needs; health and nutrition services; parenting and adult education classes; volunteer and leadership opportunities; referrals; and individualized family support. CAAS Head Start is a free program, serving low-income and otherwise eligible families, and partnering with parents and caregivers to prepare children for Kindergarten and lay the foundation for long-term success in school and beyond.

Enrollment Information

Rolling enrollment. Appointments are welcome but not necessary; please bring the following documents to the CAAS Head Start office at 66-70 Union Square, Suite 104, Somerville to enroll:

  • Proof of Child’s Age (passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Proof of Family Income (Tax form, one month of pay stubs, DTA letter, etc.)
  • Proof of Somerville or Cambridge Residency (any bill that has been mailed to you)
  • Child’s Health Insurance Card (if insured)If you need any assistance obtaining any of the above documents or would like more information, please contact CAAS at (617) 623-7370 or