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.

Operating Monday-Friday, offering half day services (8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and full day services (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

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
  • Referrals for services

Program Highlights Include:

  • Family socializations (Fall Carnival, skating, etc.)
  • School Readiness Fair
  • VIP Shop (Very Important Parent)
  • Parent Incentive Shop
  • 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

HRDC Mount Savage Head Start
Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm