Nurturing Children Through Fun and Learning

Community Action Agency’s Head Start Preschool Program prepares the area’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life beyond school. To achieve this, we deliver services to children and families in core areas of learning, health, and family well-being, while engaging parents as partners every step of the way. 


  • Child must be at least three years old and not yet in Kindergarten 
  • The program primarily serves low-income families, however in some cases, non-low-income families may qualify based on individual circumstances 
  • The program serves both typically developing children and children with special needs 

How Can Head Start Help Your Child?

  • Speech, vision, hearing, developmental, social, and emotional screenings
  • Individualized lesson plans
  • Daily transportation at most centers
  • Family goal planning and achievement assistance
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Health and dental practices
  • Preparing children socially and academically for kindergarten and life
  • Additional day care for Head Start children at the Salem and Eastern Gateway Community College locations
  • Research- and evidence-based curriculum
  • In-home visit and school family conferences
  • Various opportunities for parent involvement

Head Start is one of the original War on Poverty programs initiated by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It provides low-income preschoolers and preschoolers with disabilities with classroom instruction, medical screenings and follow-up, educational, recreational, and social activities, and nutritious meals.

All of these activities help the child attain the required skills for entrance into kindergarten. Parental involvement is a major component of the program and parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom, and take part in activities and workshops. Student transportation is available to most sites.