child care openings now available throughout hampden county! please call 552-1559 for more information or to enroll. 

Family-Based Child Care

Family-Based Child Care is a community-based network of educators who offer early education and care to children in a home setting. Educators are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, and offer early care and education for children from infancy to school age.

Family-Based Child Care is currently available in Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield, Agawam, Feeding Hills, South Hadley and Wilbraham.

Along with meeting a service need, family income can’t be more than 50% of State Median Income in order to qualify for tuition assistance.

Transportation may be available to participants who: 

  • Live more than one-half (1/2) mile from the program
  • Do not have access to a vehicle
  • Do not have access to public transportation
  • Have a verified and documented disability/special need that prevents them from transporting their child(ren)
  • Have a work schedule that prevents them from transporting their child(ren) to or from care


In order to be eligible for Family-Based Child Care tuition assistance, parents must be:  

  • Working 30 + hours
  • Going to school full-time (12 credits)
  • Attending school part-time (6 credits) and working part-time (hours must add up to at least 25 hours)
  • Enrolled in a full-time training program
  • The parent of a child with a documented special need
  • A parent who is incapacitated
  • A grandparent or guardian
  • New England Farm Workers’ Council vouchers and DCF referrals accepted
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(413) 552-1559
300 High Street, 3rd Floor
Holyoke, MA 01040

Child Care Financial Assistance Form
Required Documents for Financial Assistance

Click on the program name below to learn more about the other child care services we offer:

Congratulations to our 6 incredible educators who have worked with us for 25-30 years! 

Carmen Diaz is licensed by EEC to work with children 0 to 5 years old. Carmen has been an educator for Valley Opportunity Council since 1989. Throughout the years she has completed the Child Development Associate credentials (CDA), lead teacher certification and is also a level 2 of the QRIS. Her Passion and commitment is easily recognized when you walk into her daycare. She enjoys working with all children however her concentration with infants is recognizable, “Loves her babies”… Carmen values all her children and families and has a program that meets the needs of each individual child. She optimizes the benefits of early childcare education as a natural environment for the child and family’s she serves.

Maribeth Kapinos has been an educator with Valley Opportunity Council since 1986. Working as the Lead Teacher in the Pre-K Class room at Valley CAP’s Little Red School House, she learned of the new opportunity to open a Family Based Childcare. Maribeth or “Miss Beth” as her students lovingly call her, opened her home childcare with Valley Opportunity Council in 1989. While raising her own 2 children, she has helped to educate hundreds of children through their love of play. Her students are taught social emotional and life skills, as well as the curriculum in order to be ready for Kindergarten. Beth holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education, as well as her Director I and II certificate, and is a Level 2 on the QRIS. 

Marcia Gadson- Harris is a known as leader and mentor not only for many of Valley Opportunity Council educators but also with her community. Marcia became part of Valley Opportunity Council in the early 90’s. After 28 years of service in this field with the same passion as her first day. Marcia has her CDA and is Lead Teacher qualified for both infant and toddlers and preschoolers. She takes pride in the quality of care she has provider for so many families. Marcia always has a waiting list but manages her slots with private and VOC children.  She enjoys the support she has received from working with an agency.  She is always eager to take the extra step to help any family in need. She is a level 2 on the QRIS and is looking forward to move up the level 3. In January she has been selected to be a Mentor for VOC educators through PET.  Marcia is always enthusiastic to learn and teach not only the children in her care but other educators.  Her foundations consist of constant routines, which meet the needs of each individual child that attends her daycare. Marcia loves incorporating the families in her everyday curriculum and it’s gratifying with the lifelong goals that family and children discover. Marcia’s pride is offering a natural environment that supports the learning style of each individual child.

Helida Medina has been an educator for Valley Opportunity Council since 1989. She has completed many early childhood education courses.  Her education has enhanced her program in ensuring positive experience and effective communication with the families she serves. She currently holds The Child Development Associate credential (CDA) and has been granted for a QRIS Level 2. Helida runs a kindergarten readiness program. She believes that the reflection of a child and the interpretation of the families she serves are the heart of capturing positive learning experiences.

Theresa Norris has been an educator with Valley Opportunity Council since March 20 1990. She moved from Brooklyn, New York with her family and relocated in Westfield Ma. She is a mother of 4 daughters two of whom are also in the Early Childhood field. For 28 years she has been one of our educators that provide care in her home. She did this so she would be home with her own children and because she loves teaching young ones. Theresa is a level 2 on the QRIS. She has cared for many families that are thankful for her dedication. She enjoys teaching the children and outdoor activities are a big strength in her daily routine. Theresa has provided a sense of security for many children and their families.

Rose Sbrega is one of the “original” family child care providers with Valley Opportunity Council. Starting in 1981 when it was “Valley CAP daycare”, Rose began her daycare so she would be able to stay home with her first born son. In 1984, Rose left to continue growing her family while providing private childcare. In 1990, she returned to Valley Opportunity Council to provide licensed, quality, in-home child care. Throughout the years, Rose has successfully raised her 5 children and has cared for countless children and families in her home. Rose prides herself on her profession and is constantly requesting input from her family, friends, and peers in order to provide a more fulfilling and engaging daycare environment. Rose holds her (CDA) or Child Development Associate Credential and is a Level 2 on the QRIS. Rose works with her Licensed Regular Assistant Lizzy, who is excited to become her Certified Assistant.