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Welcome to Head Start!

Head Start is a federally-funded, high quality, family-focused preschool program that promotes the growth and development of children ages 3 to 5. To participate, children must be at least 3 years of age on or before September 1 of the current year and not yet eligible for kindergarten. Eligibility for Head Start is based on family income, with priority given to families whose income is at or below the federal poverty level.

Head Start Options

Home Based

Home-based Head Start is offered in Cottonwood, Lincoln, Lyon, Jackson and Redwood counties. A teacher will make weekly 1 1/2 hour home visits.

The parent and teacher work together to plan activities that meet the individual needs of each child and family. Children and parents come together 2 to 3 times per month for a socialization experience.

Center Based

Center-based Head Start is offered in Jackson, Marshall, Mountain Lake,

Redwood Falls, Windom, and Tracy. Classes meet for four days a week and 3 1/2 hours

each day. Families in center-based Head Start will meet with the teacher for conferences and several home visits throughout the year.