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Head Start

Head Start provides educational, health and family services to preschool children ages 3-5 years old and their families. It is federally funded and free to income-eligible families. Eligibility criteria may include:

  • Family income
  • Age of child
  • Child's special needs

The Head Start program offers center-based, in-home and full day/full year programs.

Program Options


Children ages 3-5 attend a developmentally appropriate classroom setting during the school year for 3.5 hours Monday-Thursday. Two home visits and two conferences are completed each program year. Center activities provide a variety of learning experiences that are appropriate to the age and individual needs of the children. Each day is spent exploring and experimenting through play, music, language activities and physical activities. All activities are success-oriented and enable children to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. We provide breakfast and lunch or lunch and a snack.


A home visitor meets with you in your home once a week at a regularly scheduled time. Visits are 1.5 hours each week. You will receive information regarding child development and will be guided in developmentally appropriate activities. You will also have the opportunity to meet two times per month for play and learn sessions (PALS), a group socialization experience. PALS provide an opportunity for you and your child to interact and build relationships in a specially designed environment.

Full-Day, Full-Year (Available in Vermillion)

We partner with licensed community childcare centers to provide Head Start services within their childcare setting. You are eligible to enroll your child in this option if you are working and/or attending school or training and need at least 30 hours of childcare weekly. This Head Start option runs 12 months a year, five days a week. The cost of childcare is reduced as you will not be charged for the Head Start services.