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COVID-19 UPDATE: In-Person classes temporarily suspended

After careful review of the COVID minimum infection metrics, CACS has decided to return to remote learning for Head Start children from April 14-27, 2021.

The Ingham County Health Department has recommended schools not continue face-to-face learning at this time, so we will apply that to all four counties in our service area (Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, and Shiawassee). We will keep classes remote, in-person classes will resume on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Families whose children have been attending in-person classes will be able to pick up food at the school building or Head Start delivery will be considered for eligible families.

Early Head Start programs will remain as is.

The safety of your children and our staff is our priority and we appreciate your support of our safety efforts.


Michigan Business Network recognizes community partners for STEM Kits

The Michigan Business Network recognized community partners Impression 5 Science Center, Delta Dental Foundation, and The Dart Foundation for STEM kit initiative. Impression 5 Science Center was awarded a grant in partnership with Delta Dental Foundation and The Dart Foundation.

These STEM kits provide engaging hands-on education tools for parents and kids during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Learning kits will be delivered locally to an estimated 1,600 children in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Each kit will focus on an area of STEM and includes oral health supplies. A total of six kits are planned to be assembled and delivered throughout the year. April’s kit will focus on environmental science.

Providing opportunities to educate kids in a meaningful way, stay hopeful during this pandemic, and support our community is an important part of our mission at CACS.

The Michigan Business Network interviewed CACS Head Start Director Dr. Nolana Nobles.

“Through this STEM kit planning process, we were able to add items that utilize a play-based approach, consistent with early childhood education evidence-based practices demonstrating that young children learn best through play,”  Nobles told Michigan Business Network. “We are excited to expand our services to at-home learning through hands-on learning opportunities for the families of Head Start and Early Head Start in the Tri-County area.”

Read more about STEM kits at https://www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/blog/impression-5-to-distribute-stem-education-kits-to-head-start-children


 


Service updates as of 4/1/2021

Capital Area Community Services, Inc., continues to monitor actions and communications from several sources related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. Services have been modified to fit our community’s needs while keeping clients and staff safe. Find updated information below.

All service center buildings are closed to the public unless specific appointment by your Family Support Assistant. Services will be provided over the phone as much as possible. To learn more go to the top of this page or call 517-393-7077.

Updates:

CACS Head Start 

CACS Head Start is enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year. Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham county families interested in applying for Head Start can do so online by clicking this link.

Shiawassee county families call 989-723-5849 to apply over the phone.

In-person classrooms are opening throughout all four counties. In-person class capacity is limited. In-person and remote learning options will be available to families.

To learn more about enrollment, center locations, and services go to CACS Head Start website.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)/The Emergency Food Program (TEFAP)

Commodity Supplemental Food Program and The Emergency Food Program distribution dates and times vary at each local service center. To check your local service center please call their number directly. You can find service centers by clicking this link.

Food distribution is drive-through only. Please have your trunk open and a spot cleared before you reach the front of the drive-through line.

To sign up or renew your Commodity Food card please call the warehouse phone number (517) 393-7077 ext. 661 or 662.

 


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