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Head Start is a free program that offers social, emotional and intellectual growth to prepare children for success in life.

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Welcome to the Community Action Commission of Erie, Huron & Richland Counties, Inc. Head Start Program page. 


HEAD START is a free pre-school program that serves families with children between the ages of three and five. Eligibility for the program is based on income and other federal and state guidelines and policies.

CACEHR Head Start promotes the school readiness of children ages three through five and children with disabilities.CACEHR Head Start provides services to families and children in the following areas:

  • Education/Literacy

  • Health/ Nutrition 

  • Mental Health 

  • Disabilities/ Suspected Disabilities

  • Family Services

  • Transportation 

  • Parent Involvement

  • Special Initiatives: Healthy Marriage & Male Involvement 


Head Start Parents are encouraged to volunteer. They serve in a variety of positions including classroom, kitchen, and office aides. Parents are also actively involved as members of Parent Center Committees and Policy Council Representatives. 



CACEHR HEAD START is funded by the U.S.Department of Health & Human Services, the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services, the Ohio Department of Education; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Ohio Department of Education Child Nutrition Services Division. 


Provides high quality extended early learning experience for age-eligible children to prepare for success in kindergarten. 

Click here to find a Head Start location near you!

Half-Day Program 

  • Children attend a half-day session which is 3-1/2 hours long. Sessions are in the morning or afternoon.

  • Classes are four days each week (Monday~Thursday) September through May.

  • Children attending morning sessions receive a USDA approved breakfast and lunch.

  • Children attending afternoon sessions receive a USDA approved lunch and snack. 


Full-Day Program

  • Children attend all-day 

  • Classes are five days a week September~ May.

  • Children receive a USDA approved breakfast, lunch, and snack.

  • Parents/ Guardians of children enrolled in the full-day program may need to meet additional criteria established by the local Department of Jobs & Family Services.

  • Transportation is only provided for children who receive disability services.


All Children 

  • Must meet income guidelines. 

  • Must obtain physical and dental exams upon enrollment.

  • Will receive nutritional assessments, developmental, speech, hearing, and vision screenings. 

  • Must complete any necessary follow-up based on the screening results.

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