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CACS Head Start stands in solidarity with our communities of color; our black and brown communities and all who are impacted by violence and injustice. We will not ignore the impact of structural racism that OUR families, OUR staff and OUR partners continue to experience.

Head Start was founded on the principles of equality, inclusivity, and opportunity for all children. Now more than ever we are committed to these principles each and every day in everything we do. CACS Head Start classrooms welcome young children and their families to a place where they are valued, celebrated and cared for. It is our unwavering belief that ALL children deserve a future filled with hope and opportunity.

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How to make your own face covering – from CDC

Free meals for kids during current school closures

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East Lansing

East Side Community Center

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The Bread House

CACS, Inc. Head Start and Early Childhood Programs in Michigan is a comprehensive preschool program serving low income children ages birth to 5 years old. We serve 1761 children in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Shiawassee counties each year. Our mission is to support families and prepare children for success in school and in life.


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Head Start Closure

3/13/20   Dear Parents: Governor Gretchen Whitmer and State Superintendent Michael Rice announced the closure of all Michigan K-12 school buildings, public, private and boarding, starting Monday, March 16, 2020.  As a result, CACS Head Start will be following this recommendation as well and will be closing all of our sites beginning Monday, March 16, Continue reading

CACS Head Start Receives a RIF Books for Ownership Grant

  Capital Area Community Services has been selected to receive a Books for Ownership matching grant award from Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. with an allocation of $6000 in the RIF Bookstore, equal to 2000 books! Books for Ownership, RIF’s flagship reading program, enables children to select new, age-appropriate books to take home and own and is Continue reading

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“I am very proud to be a parent of a child that attended and completed the CACS Head Start program at the Grand River location. This experience really prepared my son for kindergarten at Winans Elementary School.”