FiveCAP Head Start centers accepting applicants

Free preschool provides quality learning

FiveCAP Head Start program is now taking applications for preschool age children. (Star file photo)

FiveCAP Head Start program is now taking applications for preschool age children. (Star file photo)

BALDWIN -- Head Start, offered through FiveCAP, Inc., provides parents a great opportunity for their children to receive quality early childhood education.

There are openings for enrollment in preschool at the FiveCAP learning centers in Mason, Lake, Manistee and Newaygo counties, Monday through Thursday, each week.

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, about two-thirds of students are participating in classroom learning, and about one-third are still learning remotely from home.

This free program is open to families whose household income is at or below the federal poverty level. Transportation is available at no cost.

Head Start provides low-income families with access to the same quality preschool education their more affluent neighbors can provide their children, but without the cost. Head Start also advocates for the whole family, assisting parents to help their children develop the critical skills they need early in life.

Head Start employs highly-qualified teachers and teacher assistants, and the research-based curriculum prepares students for kindergarten-readiness with fun activities and lessons. Social and emotional growth are important components of the program, in addition to developing physical skills, language and communication, math, phonics, social studies, science and technology.

Each day, parents of remote learners call in for attendance, and teachers have daily contact using FaceTime, Zoom and/or YouTube. Students who are still participating through remote learning receive a touch-screen tablet programmed with many fun age-appropriate activities and lessons. The touch-screen tablet has software used to track and access progress in real time.

For more information on FiveCAP Head Start in Lake County, contact the Robert F. Williams Community & Family Service Center, 2448 W. 44th St., Baldwin at (231) 745-6254.

Applications and enrollment information also are available online at fivecap.org.