Head Start was created as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty’ agenda to help children from disadvantaged families become as school ready as their more affluent peers. The program is administered by the Office of Head Start which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C.

Capital Area Community Services, Inc. (CACS) began providing Head Start services in 1965 with an 8 week summer program for preschool children (ages 3 – 5 years). Today, the Head Start program provides school year and full year programming options. In 2000, CACS added Early Head Start services for infants and toddlers (ages birth – 3 years) and pregnant mothers.

Currently, CACS serves 1,761 children in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Shiawassee counties, employs approximately 350 people, and has an operating budget of over $12,000,000.

In 2012, we were provided the opportunity to blend State funded GSRP with Head Start to provide a preschool experience for 4 year olds. We have 25 Head Start/GSRP blended classrooms.

Mission Statement

Capital Area Community Services, Inc., Head Start and Early Childhood Programs, supports families and prepares children for success in school and in life.

Funding for the preschool programs operated by Capital Area Community Services is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, Americn Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information pay be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail:  U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., 20250-9410;
(2) fax:  (202) 690-6442
(3) email:  vog.adsunull@ekatni.margorp.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.