Helps kids ages 3 to 5 get a jump start on the basics before attending kindergarten. This program is available in JACKSON and HILLSDALE counties. Children who complete Head Start are prepared for kindergarten, excited about learning, confident in their own abilities and ready to succeed. We offer two programs to best suit their needs:

Center Based: held four half days a week, three and a half hours per day.
School Day: held four days a week, runs with the school day hours and schedule.

Program Highlights

Head_Start_Block_Logo We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom, to serve on the Policy Council as part of our planning and decision making body, and to become an active, effective community participant. Parent meetings are held on such topics as:

- Child Development
- Health and Nutrition
- Self Esteem
- Literacy
- And much much more!

Interested in learning more? Click the link below to complete the interest form to begin the application process:
Jackson County:
Hillsdale County:


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Q & A

Q: How do I apply for Head Start?
A: Call or come into any of the CAA offices and ask to sign up for Head Start. You will need: proof of income & birth certificate to begin your application.

Q: How old do children have to be to enroll?
A: Children must be 3 or 4 years old by October 1.

Q: Are all families low income?
A: No. Head Start services 10% of children over the income guidelines.

Q: Does Head Start provide transportation?
A: Yes, we have limited transportation.

Q: Does Head Start provide meals?
A: Yes: morning session have breakfast and lunch, afternoon session have lunch and a snack, school day sessions have breakfast, lunch and a snack.

Fast Facts

  • 687 are children enrolled in Head Start in Jackson & Hillsdale Counties.
  • The Torrant, Lincoln, Ashton Ridge, Reading, Pittsford, Hillsdale, Jonesville, Camden, Hanover- Horton, Litchfield, and Waldron sites are accredited by the NAEYC.
  • Check us out on the Great Start Connect, Quality Rating System, our sites have 5 star ratings!
  • During the 2013-2014 progarm year, our program went through Federal Monitoring.  We received CLASS scores in the top 10% of the nation and no findings! 

Success Stories

"The teachers are so loving to the children. They just do an excellent job overall." Sarah, Parent
"My child loves school! He plays with his "treasure box" toy all the time. He always gets so excitied to share his day with me." Jackson Center Based Parent



For more information email McClain, Elizabeth <>; or contact the Jackson or Hillsdale Community Action Agency office.
Jackson - 517-784-4800 or 800-491-0004
Hillsdale - 517-437-3346 or 800-750-9300