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  Early Childhood Programs


CAPCC Early Childhood Families may access the following number to replay and listen to any recent School Reach message that you may have received concerning your child’s center or program room.  This is a toll free number and must be accessed from the phone on which you received the original message.  The School Reach Instant Message Retrieval Hotline number is 1-855-955-8500 – please follow the instructions in this message.


Early Childhood Programs

   Community Action Partnership of Cambria County is the Grantee for our local Head Start, Head Start State Supplemental, and PA Pre-K Counts Programs.  Fully funded enrollment for the Head Start and Head Start State Supplemental (HSSAP), and PA Pre-K Counts programs equals 570 preschool aged children who qualify within the family income guidelines, ranging from below poverty level to 300% of poverty level income.  Programs are currently offered through 6 center facility sites throughout Cambria County and range from Full-day to Part-day programming.  Children may also receive services through the Home Based Program option or the Home Based-Center Based Combination option.

 Numerous Services offered within CAPCC’s Early Childhood Programs include:  Education through Creative Curriculum, Socialization, Transportation, Nutrition, Medical, Dental, and Vision Screenings and Referrals, Disability and Mental Health Services and Referrals, Family and Community Advocacy and Partnerships, Shared Governance and Leadership, Fatherhood Initiative and Male Mentoring, and so much more. 

Head Start

Established in 1965, Head Start promotes school readiness for children, ages three to five, in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social and other services. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. Programs actively engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.

Early Head Start, launched in 1995, provides support to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. EHS programs enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; assist pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care; support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and help parents move toward self-sufficiency. Together Head Start and Early Head Start have served tens of millions of children and their families.




In addition to federal funds, more than $37 million in state funding for Head Start services is allocated to 48 of the Head Start grantees to provide services to approximately 5,500 children in the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP).

The PA HSSCO works to ensure the effective implementation of this program as one of the state's strategies for building early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services and support for low-income children.  The HSSAP requires that grantees follow the Head Start Performance Standards when serving state-funded children.  In addition, partnerships with child care, preschools, and intermediate units are an integral part of the HSSAP.

The HSSAP funding is awarded through the PA Department of Education (PDE) to provide services to additional children eligible for Head Start (Priority 1), or to extend the amount of services (length of day, number of days per year) for federally enrolled children (Priority 2).  The HSSCO administers the Head Start State Supplemental Assistance Program through PDE, the PA Key, and the Berks County Intermediate Unit.


PA Pre-K Counts Program


Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts classrooms will:

       have teachers with the education and expertise to teach young children;

       use a curriculum that will help your child grow academically and socially;

       regularly review your child’s progress and choose teaching and learning activities that are best for your child;

       help you and your child adjust to pre-kindergarten and smoothly move on to kindergarten; and

       offer a small class size (20 students per one teacher and one aide) so that your child can have plenty of one-on-one time with the teachers.


By enrolling your child in PA Pre-K Counts, you can give your child a great start to a bright future.


Program Services

Early Childhood Development and Health

CAPCC’s Early Childhood Program’s commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. The objective of Child Health and Development Services is to ensure that, through collaboration among families, staff, and health professionals, all child health and developmental concerns are identified, and children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic health needs.

The objective of Education and Early Childhood Development is to provide all children with a safe, nurturing, engaging, enjoyable, and secure learning environment, in order to help them gain the awareness, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in their present environment, and to deal with later responsibilities in school and in life. Each child is treated as an individual in an inclusive community that values, respects, and responds to diversity. The varied experiences provided by the program support the continuum of children’s growth and development, which includes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child.

Family and Community Partnerships

CAPCC Early Childhood Programming offers parents opportunities and support for growth, so that they can identify their own strengths, needs and interests, and find their own solutions. The objective of Family Partnerships is to support parents as they identify and meet their own goals, nurture the development of their children in the context of their family and culture, and advocate for communities that are supportive of children and families of all cultures. The building of trusting, collaborative relationships between parents and staff allows them to share with and to learn from one another.

We serve families within the context of the community, and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. The objective of Community Partnerships is to ensure that grantee and delegate agencies collaborate with partners in their communities, in order to provide the highest level of services to children and families, to foster the development of a continuum of family centered services, and to advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures.

For additional information, please visit these websites:

National Head Start Association

    Pennsylvania Head Start Association


PA Keys Organization

Local Interagency Coordinating Council




The Head Start program is administered by  cleiato@capcc.us

The centers are located in various areas around Cambria County:


Head Start Locations                                         PRE-K Counts Locations         

Admiral Peary Center                                             Admiral Peary Center                                

948 Ben Franklin Highway                                     948 Ben Franklin Highway             

Ebensburg, PA 15931                                            Ebensburg, PA 15931                    

(814) 471-0470                                                      (814) 471-0470                               


Johnstown City Center                                          Johnstown City Center                     

401 Broad St.                                                        401 Broad St.                                  

Johnstown, PA 15906                                           Johnstown, PA 15906                      

(814) 254-4180                                                     (814) 254-4180                                                                                                                                   

Gallitzin Center                                                     Jackson Elementary

825 Church St.                                                      3704 William Penn Avenue

Gallitzin, PA 16641                                               Johnstown, PA  15909

(814) 886-7484


Salix Center                                                           Salix Center

1075 Forest Hills Drive                                         1075 Forest Hills Drive

Salix, PA 15952                                                     Salix, PA  15952

(814) 487-5629                                                      (814) 487-5629