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Community Action’s
Head Start & Early Head Start

HeadStartLogo-just-blocks200257Head Start and Early Head Start Program is a comprehensive child development service for infants, toddlers and pre-kindergarten children in Shawnee County and the eastern part of the USD 501 school district. Early Head Start serves ages birth to 3 and Head Start is available for children 3 and 4 years old.

We offer full-day and part-day program options where children can experience quality pre-school learning and socialization, and receive important health and nutritional services. Families benefit from no-cost, quality care, more confident parenting, and, attention to meeting the needs of both the child and overall family.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAApplications for Early Head Start and Head Start are taken at the Community Action Wheatley Center – 2400 SE Highland Avenue in Topeka.

Community Action, Inc., Head Start & Early Head Start services are provided in the following locations:

Susan M. Wheatley Early Childhood Center (EHS & HS)

Pine Ridge Prep in partnership with Topeka Public Schools.

Call (785) 836-4500 for more info.


In Kansas, over 52,000 children, 1 in 4, under the age of five lives in poverty.

Developments in neuroscience over the last two decades have revealed that an extraordinary amount of brain development occurs before age 5 and children living in poverty are at high risk for exposure to stressors that can undermine their future learning and health.

Head Start and Early Head Start provide quality learning, health and social-emotional supports for children during this vulnerable stage of life.




Early Head Start Ages
– Infants and toddlers up to 3 years old
Head Start Ages
– Children age 3 or 4 years on their first day of class


Automatic Qualifiers: Children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI), or who are Foster Children, are eligible for Early Head Start and Head Start services regardless of family income.

Household Income: Most Head Start and Early Head Start spaces are reserved for households with income at or below the Federal Poverty Level.  Limited space may be available for families with incomes up to 130% FPL.

2017-2018 CAHS Annual Report

Curious about the work we do? View our 2017-2018 CAHS report

Child Development Information for Caregivers