Head Start

Early Beginnings For A Lifetime of Learning
HRDC Head Start is a federally funded program that implements education, health and parent involvement into a secure, productive environment. 

Services are provided to qualifying low-income families within Allegany County.  Families of children ages 3 to 4 years old receive comprehensive preschool opportunities including components focusing on health, nutrition, education, disability services, parent involvement, medical and social services.  The emphasis is on the total family - not just the children. 

HRDC Head Start of Allegany County is devoted to making a difference in our community by offering comprehensive child and family development services.  Our mission is to create a nurturing environment for children, educational experiences that promote school readiness and a strong foundation that allows both the children and their families the opportunity to recognize his/her potential.

Special Services Offered:

  • Education provided by qualified, knowledgeable Early Childhood Education teachers.
  • Nutrition and health screenings implemented by board certified health care professionals.
  • Family support services provided by experienced, educated Family Services professionals.
  • Referrals made to those requesting Job Training Services.
  • Transportation provided at many Head Start centers.
  • Meals and snacks provided.

Program Highlights Include:

  • Family socializations (Fall Carnival, skating, bowling, etc.)
  • School Readiness Fair
  • VIP Shop (Very Important Parent)
  • Parent Meetings
  • Physical activities incorporated through I Am Moving, I Am Learning
  • HS Graduations for 4 year children graduating to kindergarten



  • Head Start Administrative Office
    125 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502
    Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm
  • HRDC Bel Air Head Start Center
    Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • HRDC Frostburg Area Head Start Center
    Monday - Friday, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • HRDC Cumberland Street Head Start Center
    Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm
  • HRDC Susan K. Westfall Center
    Monday - Friday, 8 am- 4 pm
  • HRDC Seymour Street Head Start Center
    Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm