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Capital Area Head Start Services

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Capital Area Head Start (CAHS) creates partnerships with families to promote early learning skills in an effort to prepare children for school success. CAHS offers both Head Start (children ages three to five) and Early Head Start (pregnant women and children ages birth-three) programs.

All Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer comprehensive services:

  • Prevention, early diagnosis and inclusion support services for children with physical, language, speech, vision, hearing or mental health needs
  • Preventative health services, including assistance in acquiring health insurance, finding a medical home, and obtaining children’s physicals, immunizations and dental health care before the child enters public school
  • Nutrition education for children and families
  • Meals in all programs to provide one- to two-thirds of children’s daily nutritional requirements, including breakfast, lunch and snack
  • Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) program, a social-emotional curriculum that promotes age appropriate social and problem-solving skills
  • Social service supports for families through the teacher, home visitors, family support specialists and social services coordinators
  • Partnerships with parents, promoting the education of their children
  • Research-based curricula and assessments
  • Celebration of diversity and promotion of positive, inclusive classrooms for all children
Early Head Start Program
Early Head Start provides full year, home based programming for children ages birth to three and women who are pregnant. Services are provided in the child’s home. Early Head Start promotes healthy prenatal outcomes, enhances the development of infants and toddlers, and promotes healthy family functioning.
Early Head Start is offered in Cumberland and Dauphin Counties.
Head Start Program
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.
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