Capital Area Community Services Inc. is hiring multiple positions in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, and Shiawassee County. CACS offers medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance after 60 days of employment. We also offer very generous paid time off and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with a matching contribution. Apply now by clicking the link below. 

Head Start

Preschool is available for children ages 3 to 5.

School Day / Partial Year

Lansing School District Blend

Preschool Plus Child Care

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Health Services at Head Start

Nursing Staff

  • Nursing staff work to link families with a doctor and review children’s health records.
  • Complete screenings: vision, hearing, blood lead, hemoglobin and blood pressure
  • Offer parents chances to get health and safety information
  • Promote health and safety practices in the program


  • Visits the classroom to ensure children are served nourishing meals and snacks which meet federal nutrition guidelines
  • Consults with parents of children with food allergies or other special dietary needs in order to plan appropriate substitutions
  • Visits the classrooms to weigh and measure the children to screen for growth patterns which may be of nutritional concern
  • Available to meet with parents who have questions or concerns related to their child’s eating

Oral Health Coordinator

  • Assists families with their child’s dental needs
  • Follows up on initial dental exams and referrals
  • Provides Oral Health trainings for staff, parents and the community

Nutrition at Head Start

Meals at Head Start

Meals at Head Start are served in a relaxed “family style” setting, with children and adults eating together.  Children serve themselves (as able) and are allowed to choose from what is offered at the table.  Children are encouraged to try all foods, but are not pressured or forced to eat or taste.

  • A variety of food is served which broadens each child’s food experiences.
  • Children in school day classrooms receive breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.
  • Individual care is provided to meet special dietary needs.
  • Lesson plans include food and nutrition-related activities.

Monthly Menus and Recipes

Meals served at Head Start follow the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.  Learn more by downloading the following:

CACS offers two food plans that families may be eligible for. View CACS food programs.

Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids

Hello, Head Start families in Ingham, Shiawassee, Clinton, and Eaton Counties! With so many choices, it can be confusing to know which drinks are healthy. CACS Head Start, Sugar Smart Coalition, and MSU Extension are excited to bring you 6 weeks of tips and information on how to reduce sugary drink consumption and help set your kids on the path to healthy growth and development. Learn more by following us on Facebook and Instagram, and by clicking on the buttons below. 

Can you guess how many teaspoons of sugar are in Cody’s glass of pop? Watch as MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor Cody McLaren shows us just how much added sugar can be in sugar-sweetened drinks. He encourages us to rethink our drinks with healthier options.

The information in the campaign materials is supported by Healthy Eating Research, a national program of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views shared in the Healthy Drinks Health Kids campaign do no necessarily reflect the views of the foundation.

For more information, visit: https://healthydrinkshealthykids.org/

#Healthydrinkshealthykids @sugarsmartcoalition @cacsheadstart”

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Contact Us

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.​