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Head Start

What is Head Start?

Community Action Head Start is a no-cost child and family development program for eligible families living in Ramsey County. Head Start has the highest Parent Aware rating and is committed to providing quality comprehensive services designed to prepare young children for success in school and in life. Head Start participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and all Preschool children receive at least 2meals in their classroom each day. Other services include: oral and physical health, developmentally-appropriate curriculum, social-emotional learning, parent engagement, family fun events, social services, and support for children with special needs and disabilities. Our staff speak Karen, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Oromo, and Amharic and we value your family’s home language by encouraging children to learn their home language as well as English. 

Quality early childhood education is essential for success throughout a child’s life. Enrolling your 3 to 5 year-old child in preschool can give them the school-readiness skills to prepare them for kindergarten. Children who have an IEP and different health needs are welcome and included in all center activities.

Early Head Start’s family-driven philosophy empowers parents and care-givers to support and nurture their children. This home-based program for pregnant mothers and families with infants and toddlers up to age 3 involves weekly ninety-minute visits in your home as well as twice-monthly group events. Your home visitor will support you with learning and setting goals around your child’s development through fun activities. 

Applications are available in both English and Spanish

Am I Eligible?

Head Start programs prepare America’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life beyond school. Families are automatically eligible for the program if they meet at least one of the following:

  • Receiving Public Assistance (MFIP (cash assistance), SSI, etc.)
  • Foster Care family
  • Experiencing Homelessness (lacking fixed, regular, and adequate housing)
  • Living at or below the current Federal Poverty Guidelines (see below)
Family Size Family Income
2 $16,910
3 $21,330
4 $25,750
5 $30,170
6 $34,590
7 $39,010
8 $43,430

 

*For families or households with more than 8 persons, add $4,420 for each additional person. 

For more information on Community Action Head Start or to see if you are eligible, please call us at 651-603-5977.

How Do I Enroll?

Applications can be submitted electronically or in-person. You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • Child’s immunization record
  • Proof of child’s birth date
  • Proof of Public Assistance, Foster care, Homeless status, or family’s income

Online Applications

In-Person Applications

Apply in-person at the Community Action Resource Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. and until 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month.

Our knowledgeable staff will be available to answer any of your questions and help you complete your application. If you would like to print an application, please choose from the language options below:

Annual Report & Community Assessment

Learn more about how critical Head Start Preschool and Early Head Start are for our community, and how we are taking action with our neighbors to improve children's lives:


Head Start Main Office 

Community Action Resource Center, Suite 5
450 Syndicate Street North
St. Paul, MN 55104

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Energy Assistance

    55,886

  • Children Enrolled in Head Start

    1,218

  • Low-Income People Registered to Vote

    1,320

  • Volunteer Hours

    31,317

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