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:

  • Research-based curricula and assessments
  • Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) program, a social-emotional curriculum that promotes age appropriate social and problem-solving skills
  • 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
  • Social service supports for families through the teacher, home visitors, family support specialists and social services coordinators
  • Partnerships with parents, promoting school readiness of their children
  • Promoting diversity and positive, inclusive classrooms for all children
  • Prevention, screening and referral, 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
Early Head Start Program
Early Head Start provides full year, home based programming for children ages birth to three and women who are pregnant.
Head Start Program
The Head Start program provides prekindergarten and home-based programs for children ages 3–5.