Capital Area Head Start

Children learn something new every day! Their early years are full of growth and development. 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 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.

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Enrollment for the 2019–2020 school year is open! If you are pregnant or have a child age 0–5, call 717-541-1795 to enroll in Head Start or Early Head Start. Both programs are provided at no cost to the family.

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Preparing Children and Families for Success

Our goal is to prepare children and families for success in school and 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. Every child receives comprehensive services, including educational, medical, dental, nutritional, and family social services.

We also connect families with local resources that they can continue to use after their child has transitioned to kindergarten.

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Our Services

Early Head Start

Full year, home-based programming for children ages birth to three and women who are pregnant

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Head Start

Pre-kindergarten for children ages 3–5

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