PACT Head Start
University Services Building
320 University Drive
Macomb, IL 61455
Office: 309-298-3143
Fax: 217-773-3906

Angela Vera – Site Supervisor
Macomb Head Start Center
Macomb Head Start Center

Parent and Child Together (PACT) connects families with community services and assists families in achieving personal and family goals. At our Central Office, we have a Resource Library composed of books, DVDs, and other materials available for parents and staff to check out information on a variety of topics to meet their needs. Resources can be check out for a period of two weeks. To check out one of these resources, please contact your Family Advocate or Home-Based Teacher.

PACT Resource Library List

To make a referral, use the form below or call 1-800-443-7228.

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    How to Apply

    Eligible families meet limited income guidelines as shown below and/or receive TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Also, foster children or children whose familes are considered homeless are eligible. PACT reserves no less than 10% of enrollment slots for children who have special needs, regardless of income. PACT serves families up to 130% of the Poverty Guideline; and up to 10% of enrollment slots may be children over those income guidelines. Generally, PACT completes applications with families whose incomes are under these guidelines, and families whose incomes are not more than $5,000 over these guidelines.

    2019 Income Guidelines (Yearly)

    Family Size      100% Poverty Guideline

    1                         $12,490

    2                         $16,910

    3                         $21,330

    4                         $25,750

    5                         $30,170

    6                         $34,590

    7                         $39,010

    8                         $43,430

    Interested families are encouraged to apply and eligibility will be determined by program staff. For more information, call 1-800-443-7228 or 217-773-3903. Enter the following information so that a PACT program staff member can contact you to apply for services for pregnant women and children through four years of age. 

      Inkind Match Required

      PACT receives grant funding from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to operate Head Start and Early Head Start.  The funding requires a 20% inkind match through donated funds, space, materials, volunteer hours, and services from the communities where services are provided.  If PACT does not receive the 20% match, we cannot expend all of our funds and may not be able to provide all of our services. 

      How You Can Help

      Cash Donations

      PACT is a not-for-profit 501C-3 organization, therefore donations are tax deductible.  You may specify that your donation be used for a specific purpose, such as children’s books for a particular center, to purchase playground equipment, or for hats and gloves for children to use during outdoor play. If you are interested in knowing what some of our needs are, please click here to contact our Executive Director. 

      Volunteer Hours

      Both program parents and community members are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer in our program.  PACT volunteer hours are “valued” at a dollar amount and are counted as part of the inkind match from the local community.  There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities available in our agency.  Please review the Volunteer Brochure and call our Mt. Sterling Office or your local center to volunteer.  

      Head Start is a nationwide program funded by the Administration for Children and Families.  The program is designed to provide learning experiences for families and children age birth-5 years of age.

      Early Head Start services are offered to pregnant women and children ages birth-36 months in Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, McDonough, Pike, Schuyler, and Scott Counties in Illinois.

      Head Start services are offered to families with children ages 3 and 4 years in Cass, McDonough, Pike, and rural Adams Counties in Illinois.

      PACT for West Central Illinois is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap, or other factors prohibited by law in any of its educational services, activities, enrollments, or employment practices.

      Teachers visit assigned families once a week for 90 minutes.  The parent is viewed as the primary educator of the child, using the Parents As Teachers (PAT) curriculum.  Home Based Services are supplemented by classroom socialization activities held twice a month for two hours.

      Home Visits are offered to pregnant women and children ages birth to 36 months in Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, McDonough, Pike, Schuyler, and Scott Counties.

      Infants, toddlers, and two-year-old children attend group socializations with their parents and receive a snack approved by USDA guidelines at no charge.

      Services are family-centered and include:

      Education: Learning activities that lead to development in areas of language, literacy, math, science, creative arts, social/emotional, and health and physical development, using the Parents As Teachers (PAT) curriculum.

      Social Services: Home Based Teachers connect families with community services, assisting families to achieve personal educational goals as well as individual family goals.

      Parent Engagement: Parents receive education through parent meetings, parent-initiated activities, and workshops. Parents are involved in the decision-making process of the PACT agency and classroom curriculum, through the Policy Council.

      Special Services: At least 10% of all enrollments are reserved for children with special needs, regardless of income level. A variety of services can be provided based on the needs of the child and the wishes of the family.

      Health: PACT assists with physical examinations and other age appropriate health screenings, as well as nutritional assessments.