Celebrating 40 Years!

Mary Margaret Myers of Griggsville, Illinois, was recently honored for her 40 years of commitment and service as a member of the Board of Directors for Parent and Child Together (PACT) for West Central Illinois.  Mrs. Myers was a charter board member when PACT was established in 1978, and the agency ended 2018 with a 40th year anniversary celebration for her and all PACT staff in December.


Mrs. Myers and other community workers and volunteers recognized the need for these services in West Central Illinois and were instrumental in bringing Head Start to families in an 8-county area, including Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, McDonough, Pike, Scott, and Schuyler Counties.  Helping Mary Margaret celebrate this wonderful milestone were PACT Staff, fellow Board Members Joleen Patton, Pat Baker, and Sandy Bertucci, and family and friends. 


Head Start is a federally-funded, nation-wide program that was created in 1965 to provide comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, parent involvement, and social services to limited income children and their families.  Head Start and Early Head Start programs prepare America’s youngest children to succeed in school and in life by providing services to the children and the families.  During PACT’s 40 years, services have expanded from home-based services for preschoolers to include center-based services and programs for pregnant women and children under three years old.


In the top photo below, Mary Margaret is seated with Board Members standing behind.  Board members L to R:  Sandy Bertucci, Pat Baker, Joleen Patton.

In the bottom photo below, Mrs. Myers (seated) is pictured with her son and daughter-in-law, Dan & Becky Myers, along with special friend, Bev White.






PACT Program Changes for 2018-2019

PACT for West Central Illinois is pleased to announce that we will be opening a new class to serve four infants and toddlers at our Carthage Center in the Fall 2018 and PACT will be able to serve two more toddlers at our Pittsfield Center beginning this year. Another change is that PACT will now be able to serve pregnant women and children ages birth to three years old in all of Adams County, including Quincy, through the Early Head Start home-based program.

Changes were made in the 2018-19 grant award, which is the beginning of the five-year grant period that Head Start and Early Head Start programs operate, based on the Head Start Act of 2007.

PACT operates centers at Beardstown, Carthage, Camp Point, Macomb, and Pittsfield in West Central Illinois. Families living/working in Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, McDonough, Pike, Schuyler, and Scott counties may apply anytime during the year.  If you know of families that have children under five years old, that will not be attending kindergarten in the fall, contact us today.

Eligibility for Head Start and Early Head Start is based on income.  Ten percent of the enrollment slots are reserved for children with special needs, regardless of income.  If a family has a child under five years old with a special need, PACT will complete an application regardless of income level.  The program is at no cost to those who qualify.

You can get more information about the PACT program by clicking the red 'APPLY FOR HEADSTART' button on the right-hand side of this web page, and completing the online form that is then provided.  If you have further questions, call Sara Mixer at 217-773-3903 or 1-800-443-PACT; or you may e-mail to



Field Trip Packs

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has developed a new resource available to Early Childhood educators.  For more information, go to:  Field Trip Packs