The Head Start program provides pre-kindergarten 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 their child's first and most important teacher. At CAHS, parents are engaged in their children’s learning and school readiness, as well as their own educational, literacy, and employment goals. Parents are also key decision-makers in the administration of our 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 (Pre K 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