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Capital Area Head Start Head Start Services

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The Head Start program provides prekindergarten and home-based programs for children ages 3-5. Designed to give children a head start in life, all programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children and by providing educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children’s learning and help them make progress toward their educational, literacy, and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.

Head Start is offered in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties.

Center Based Programs

Capital Area Head Start offers a variety of center programs. All of our centers provide meals, safe learning environments, as well as comprehensive school readiness programs.

Granite Street Center
The Granite Street Center serves children in the City of Harrisburg and offers part-day/school year services for children ages 3-5. Programs are specialized for families experiencing incarceration. The participating families receive two home visits and two parent-teacher conferences.
The maximum class size is thirteen children.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center offers one class of specialized programming for families experiencing homelessness. Programming is offered three days a week for five hours each day and runs for the school year from mid-September through early June. Six home visits and two parent-teacher conferences are included. Staff also conduct educational workshops at area shelters.
Pre-K Counts Program
The Pre-K Counts program is a state-funded preschool program offered at Ben Franklin, Downey, Camp Curtin, and Foose schools in Harrisburg, and Steelton-Highspire Elementary School in Steelton. Offered during the school year from August to June, the program operates five days per week for five hours each day.
All of our Pre-K Counts teachers have a Pennsylvania teaching certificate in early childhood education, with a maximum class size of sixteen children.
Three home visits and two parent-teacher conferences are included in the program.
Part-Day Preschool
Part-Day Preschool is offered four days a week for three and a half hours each day. Classes follow the school year schedule and run from September through early June. Children attend a morning or afternoon session. Teachers in this program conduct three home visits and three parent-teacher conferences.
Part-Day Preschool is offered at the Carlisle, Granite, HACC, Lang Manor, and Martin Luther King, Jr. centers and at Tri-Community, Scott, and Fink schools.

Home Based Programs

Head Start Home Based
Home visitors provide services to children in their homes in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties. In the home-based programs, parents and home visitors work together to provide individualized learning activities for the child using in-home materials. Home visits occur three times per month and last one and a half hours. The program runs during the school year from September through May. Children also have the opportunity to participate in a weekly class day with other children. Class days last three and a half hours and include meals.
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