Capital Area Head Start

A Message About COVID-19 and the Coronavirus

Capital Area Head Start continues to carefully assess our preschool re-opening plan. The well-being of children, families, and staff is our highest priority. We are currently providing our services virtually. Starting October 26, we will begin in-person classes. Half of our students will attend in-person classes on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the other half will attend on Thursdays and Fridays. (Some of our centers will operate on different days. Families will receive specific communication about their child’s classroom.) We will continue to offer both in-person classes and remote learning until we can safely open for all children five days per week. Families may also choose to continue to participate in virtual instruction only. Early Head Start will operate virtually. Learn more about our health and safety plan for reopening.

Please check local news channels, our Facebook Page (external website), or call CAHS at 717-541-1795 for updated information. To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 recommendations, please visit the CDC (external website) and WHO (external website).

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward with the 2020-2021 school year. Please stay safe and remember to take care of yourself, your friends, your home, and your school during this very scary time we are all going through.

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.

Enroll Today!

Enrollment for the 2020–2021 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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