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