Head Start began in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. Federally funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, this early childhood program for income eligible and special needs pre-school children and their families provides comprehensive services in the areas of early childhood education, health, and family and community partnerships. Both center-based and home-based options are available.

Parents are a child’s first teacher and have the longest lasting influence on their lives; therefore, parent involvement is a vital part of the program. Families with children ages three to five are encouraged to apply anytime throughout the year. Families whose children have special needs are also encouraged to apply.

Research shows that Head Start produces long term benefits and significant cost savings by reducing grade retentions, school dropouts, delinquency, substance abuse, and referrals to special education.

CAP Services provides Head Start services in Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, and Waushara counties.


Center-Based (a classroom experience)
The program operates both part-day and full-day options. Contact the center nearest you to see what options are available in your area.

Home-Based (services in your home)
Head Start services are offered in your home for 1 1/2 hours once a week, for 32 weeks. Children and families also experience a group classroom socialization.


  • Early Childhood Education with a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Special Needs Services
  • Quality Child Care
  • Parent Involvement
  • Family Development
  • Community Partnerships
  • Transportation

Head Start centers are located in Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, and Waushara counties. Click below for contact information.

Family Development Centerfdc1-1
1640 W. River Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481
phone: (715) 343-7152
email: jrogalla@capmail.org

Children’s Discovery CenterCDC_Sept
3109 John Joanis Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54482
phone: (715) 544-4991
email: jschulz@capmail.org

Waupaca Child Development Centerwaupaca_head_start
101 Tower Road, Suite 2
Waupaca, WI 54981
phone: (715) 258-9575 Ext. 208
email: tolson@capmail.org

Clintonville Early Learning Center
24 13th St.
Clintonville, WI 54929
phone: (715) 823-4310
email: lmattes@capmail.org

New London Head Startnew_london
711 West Pine Street
New London, WI 54961
phone: (920) 982-7677
email: tolson@capmail.org

Wautoma Early Learning Centerwautoma_elc
205 East Main Street, Suite 42
Wautoma, WI 54982
phone: (920) 787-1567
email: vsmith@capmail.org

Marquette County Early Learning CenterOxford-Start
222 S Franklin Avenue
Oxford, WI 53952
phone: (608) 586-4404
email: vsmith@capmail.org

See the 2023 Head Start & Early Head Start Annual Report HERE