Early Learning Programs

Head Start/Early Head Start Learning Programs

Community Teamwork offers four center-based Head Start/Early Head Start early learning programs that include the Community Teamwork James Houlares Early Learning Center, the Children’s Village at the Mill, Parker Avenue Elementary (Dracut) and the Lowell Collaborative Preschool Academy (in conjunction with Lowell Public Schools and Little Sprouts).

Community Teamwork also offers the home-based Home Visiting Program for Early Head Start and Head Start where the focus of service delivery is in the home. The Early Learning center-based programs are part of the national Head Start program that promotes school readiness by providing quality education services to children in a nurturing, safe environment and comprehensive community-based services to children and families. Eligible children and families receive services in the areas of education and care (including individualized curriculum in all learning areas), health, child literacy, nutrition, and social-emotional development. The center programs also offer other services, if needed, based on the Family Needs Assessment. These programs are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The programs accept eligible 3 and 4 year old children until they are age eligible for Kindergarten. Early Head Start accepts eligible infants and toddlers. The program’s overall mission is to support and ensure families stay or become self-sufficient. The program’s goals include:

  • Developing meaningful and lasting partnerships with parents that build upon their strengths to meet their child’s needs
  • Assisting families in accessing additional services in their local community
  • Nurturing children’s physical, cognitive, language and social-emotional development to ensure they are ready for school
  • Ensuring families can support their child’s learning and are engaged in the long-term, life-long success of their child
  • Promoting a positive and respectful environment for children, families and staff

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Families whose incomes are at or below state poverty guidelines*
  • Families who are receiving public assistance (TANF, SSI)
  • Families who do not have a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence or who share the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Children in foster care or involved with Department of Children & Families
  • Children with disabilities

*A limited number of families may earn more than the state poverty guidelines.

The home-based Early Learning Home Visiting Program offers comprehensive services to pregnant women and children age birth through age 3 and their families through weekly home visits and socialization experiences. The focus is to provide high quality, flexible and culturally competent child development experiences as well as parent support services.

The Home Visiting Program is for families in which the home is the child’s primary learning environment. The core of the program is a 90- minute weekly home visit where professional staff work with the family to identify goals for both the child and the family. Individual plans and goals for socialization, nutrition, health, child development and other family-specific needs are created in partnership with staff, parents or guardians. The program also offers socialization activities that include a twice a month parent/child interactive playgroup. Expectant moms are supported by a curriculum and service approach that promotes positive prenatal outcomes for both mom and baby.

The Home Visiting Program is available to families residing in Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Westford and Wilmington.


  • Early Head Start Home Visiting Program: Low-income pregnant women and families with children ages birth through 3 years old
  • Priority enrollment is also available to children age birth to 3 years old who receive disability services.

Child Care Assistance Form


Forma de Asistencia de Cuidado Infantil


Listen to Kara O’Sullivan, Home Based Manager and Nicole Doucet, Home Visitor, discuss Community Teamwork’s Home Visiting Program with Ted Panos, WCAP980 Radio.


James Houlares Early Learning Center
126 Phoenix Ave.
Lowell, MA 01852
Lowell Collaborative Preschool Academy
554 Pawtucket St.
Lowell, MA 01854
The Children’s Village at the Mill
246 Market St.
Lowell, MA 01852


Parker Avenue Elementary  77 Parker Avenue        Dracut, MA  01826                978.905.7300


Home Visiting Program
21 Walker St.
Lowell, MA 01854
Toddler Corner               524  Pawtucket St.
Lowell MA 01854

Private Rates

The Early Learning Program offers private child care in Early Learning Classrooms at the rate of $225/week.

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Listen to Meghan Siembor, Division Director, Child and Family Services, discuss the reopening of Child Carr, Early Learning and School Age Programs at Community Teamwork – WCAP Radio 7/21/2020

Listen to Meghan Siembor, Division Director, Child and Family Services, discuss plans to reopen child care, early learning and school age programs at Community Teamwork – WCAP Radio 6/16/2020.

Listen to Meghan Siembor, Division Director Child & Family Services of Community Teamwork discuss updates on services to our children and parents ~ WCAP Radio 4/21/2020

WE MISS YOU STUDENTS AND FAMILIES! from Parker Ave Early Learning 

A series of programs led by Ed Banks, Program Coordinator for Mill City Mentors in partnership with Early Learning:

Chef Ed Makes Banana Bread

Chef Ed Makes Pizza

Chef Ed Makes Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich Sundaes

Ed Makes Airplanes


During the Covid-19 Shutdown – LPS will provide Grab and Go Meals for Students

At these sites, students will receive two breakfasts and two lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays and will also receive meals for the weekend days on Fridays. Students at the STEM site will also receive meals for the weekend days on Fridays. When visiting our lunch sites, please remember that the Governor has ordered that everyone must wear a mask or face covering in public spaces. As always, you can also contact the Family Resource Center with any additional questions at 978-674-4321, or fill out the online form.

Community Teamwork Remote Learning – Infants through Pre-School

Here is a good idea about what you and your family can do during “rest time”! Use the site below and put on a kid-friendly podcast! There’s so many to choose from that the whole family can listen to together- children can color, play with playdough, or just rest while they listen!

Educational Resources

Home School Resources

Amazon Makes All Kids Shows Free to Stream

10 Free Learning Websites for Children

NetFlix BrainChild Streaming Educational Curriculum for Elementary and Middle Schools

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Mindfulness Workshops for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers –  Multiple Dates

For more resources, please visit our Coordinated Family & Community Engagement program: www.commteam.org/coordinated-family-community-engagement

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Lowell, MA 01852

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