The Head Start program provides pre-kindergarten 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.

Parents are engaged in their children’s learning and school readiness, as well as their own educational, literacy, and employment goals. Parents are key decision-makers in the administration of local Head Start programs.

Head Start is offered in Dauphin, Perry, and eastern Cumberland Counties, as well as Carlisle, PA.

Program Options

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.

The program leverages both state (PreK Counts and Head Start State Supplemental) and federal funding to maximize services to children and families.

We also provide specialized programming to support:

  • Children affected by incarceration
  • Families experiencing homelessness
  • Children who benefit from an advanced social and emotional approach to learning
Home Based Programs

Home visitors provide services to children in their homes in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties. 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.