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For more information:

C.E.F.S. Head Start Program

1805 South Banker Street

PO Box 928

Effingham IL  62401

Phone:  (217) 342-2193 ext 139

Fax:  (217) 342-4701

or email






The Head Start 0-5 Program is a free federally-funded program that provides comprehensive educational services to pregnant women and children ages 0-5, including those with significant or multiple special needs, that meet the Federal Income Guidelines for enrollment.  Currently the program benefits the families of 440 preschool children and 102 infants, toddlers, and pregnant women in the seven county service area.

Head Start is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the country.  Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically.  Children leave the Head Start program better prepared for kindergarten, excited about learning, and ready to succeed.



C.E.F.S. Head Start 0-5 Service Area

Christian County

Clay County

Effingham County

Fayette County

Montgomery County

Moultrie County

Shelby County  


Children boarding bus

Classroom activity

 Children at play