Funding Resources for Child Care

Funding Sources for Child Care

Statewide Income Eligible Voucher Wait List

In order to receive child care subsidies you must place your name on the statewide "Income Eligible Voucher Wait List". NEFWC manages the wait list and provides vouchers for child care for income eligible parents throughout Western Massachusetts.

To find out if you qualify for a voucher, or to be placed on the Income Eligible Voucher Wait Listclick here to fill in and email, fax or mail us the form.  If you are placed on the wait list, you will receive a letter of confirmation in the mail; and you will receive a renewal letter once a year to determine if you still qualify and would like to remain on the wait list.  You must notify them if your address or phone number changes.  When a slot becomes available, you will be notified.

Springfield (Hampden County) area phone number:  413.272.2207
Pittsfield (Berkshire County) area phone number:  413.236.5890
Greenfield (Hampshire/Franklin Counties) area phone number:  413.475.3656

Group Child Care Centers & Out of School Time Programs

Many group child care centers and out of school time programs receive Department of Early Education and Care funding to help parents with the cost of child care for eligible families. Some may also have United Way funding or discounts for Military Families.  As you call the programs to ask if they have an opening for your child, also ask if they have funding to help pay for the care.

Head Start Programs

Head start is a federally funded program with full and/or part time hours that serve preschool-age children and their families.  Many Head Start programs also provide Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the federal poverty level.  Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments.  See the list below for contact information in your area.

Berkshire County Head Start

1 Meadow Lane, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Part time programs throughout the Berkshires 413.499.0137

Full time programs - Pittsfield 413.445.4153

Full time programs - North Adams 413.664.7932

Community Action - Parent Child Development Center

393 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301

All of Hampshire County 413.387.1234

All of Franklin County 413.376.1117

Hampden County 413.654.1772

(Westfield, W. Springfield, Agawam only)

Holyoke/Chicopee/Springfield Head Start, Inc

Holyoke, Chicopee, Ludlow areas:

662 High Street, Holyoke 01040


Springfield, Palmer areas:

30 Madison Avenue, Springfield 01105

MOC Head Start Services

133 Prichard Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Worcester County 978.343.0185

(Athol area only)

Public School Preschool Programs

If you have a three or four year old child and are looking for a part time preschool program, many public schools offer a program at no cost to the families.  Please click here for contact information in the Hampden County area.  Please click here for contact information in the Berkshire County area.  If you are looking for information in the Franklin/Hampshire County area please call 413.475.3656.

Family Child Care Homes

The following child care systems receive Department of Early Education and Care funding to help with the cost of child care for eligible parents.  These systems contract with family child care homes in various cities/towns.  Call them to find out if your are eligible.  They can also add your name to the statewide "income eligible wait list".  They will call you when a slot becomes available.

Valley Opportunity Council

300 High Street, 3rd Floor, Holyoke, MA 01040


Square One

Scibelli Enterprise Center

1 Federal Street, Bldg 101, Springfield, MA 01105

413.732.5183 Ext. 148

Bethel Child Care Services

1655 Main Street, Suite 503, Springfield, MA 01103


Clarendon Family Child Care

1985 Main Street, Suite 307, Springfield, MA 01103


Montachusett Opportunity Council (MOC) Child Care Services

Worcester County

133 Prichard Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420


Kids Unlimited

35 Trolley Crossing Road, Charlton, MA 01507


Child Development Centers & Systems

Hampden County

1365 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield, MA 01107


Berkshire County

99 West Street, 3rd Floor, Pittsfield, MA 01201


Child Care of the Berkshires

Northern Berkshire Area Office

210 State Street, North Adams, MA 01247


Pittsfield Area Office

152 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201


The Parent-Child Development Center

393 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301

Hampshire County 413.38731234

Franklin County 413.376.1117

Hampden County 413.654.1772