Capital Area Head Start (CAHS) gives children a head start in life, empowers parents, and strengthens families. A program of Keystone Human Services, CAHS has been providing services for children and families in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry Counties in Pennsylvania since 1988.

Our Head Start pre-kindergarten and home-based programs are comprehensive, state and federally-funded child development programs serving children ages 3-5. Our Early Head Start program serves children ages birth to three and women who are pregnant. Overall, we serve over 1,100 children and families in Central PA.

Our goal is to prepare children and families for success in school and in life. Parents are a child’s first and foremost teachers and we encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s learning and development.

Our programs are designed to increase children’s literacy, cognitive development, and social-emotional development, as well as support children’s health and well-being. All children in our programs receive comprehensive services, including educational, medical, dental, nutritional, and family social services.

Responding to the every-changing needs of the community, we connect families with local resources that they can continue to use after their child has transitioned to kindergarten.

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If you are pregnant or have a child age 0-5 years, you may be eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start. Both programs are provided at no cost to the family.

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Head Start Brings Technology into the Classroom

Two tablets and a mobile phone with learning games displayed on their screens

Technology and interactive media are one of the options Capital Area Head Start uses to support children’s learning. Each of our classrooms is equipped with two student iPads and an iPod containing music. Each home visitor also has an iPad, and each Center has an iPod that can be used during socialization classes.

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