Head Start & Early Head Start Program Update
Due to COVID-19, our University Head Start center, which offers year-round programming for families with Child Care Assistance or a Pathway 1 Scholarship, is open with smaller class sizes until further notice. Head Start is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 program year, which starts in September, with the following program options:
- Early Head Start—Home-based: Weekly home visits from a Family Support Specialist. Twice monthly Family Fun Events to help build relationships, learn skills, and have fun!
- NEW Early Head Start—Center-based Infant (6 weeks-16 months): Small class sizes, full-year, Monday through Friday programming open 7:30-5:30. *Requires CCAP or Pathway 1 funding
- NEW Early Head Start—Center-based Toddler (16-36 months): Small class sizes, full-year, Monday through Friday programming open 7:30-5:30. *Requires CCAP or Pathway 1 funding
- Head Start Preschool (3-5 years old): Part day (morning or afternoon) and Extended day (7.5 hours) Monday through Thursday. Bussing will be available to most families.
- Head Start Preschool Full-year (3-5 years old): Monday through Friday, centers are open for 10 to 10.5 hours each day. *Requires CCAP or Pathway 1 funding
Please complete the online application below, print off and mail in a paper application, or call the Enrollment Hotline at 651-603-5977.
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 students receive at least two meals in their classroom each day. Bus transportation to and from school is available for most families.
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.
Comprehensive Services: The Foundation of Head Start
Early Head Start
Early Head Start's family-driven philosophy empowers parents and caregivers to support and nurture their children.
The home-based program for pregnant mothers and families with infants and toddlers up to the 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.
The center-based program for toddlers ages 16 months to 3-years old provides a high quality, small group classroom experience to help your child learn and grow. Classes are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at our University center (requires CCAP funding) and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Battle Creek center. Transportation is not provided for Toddler classrooms.
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 or SSI)
- Foster Care family
- Experiencing Homelessness (lacking fixed, regular, and adequate housing)
- Living at or below the current Federal Poverty Guidelines (see below)
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*For families or households with more than 8 persons, add $4,540 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 or signed exemption
- Proof of child’s birth date
- Proof of Public Assistance, Foster care, Homeless status, or family’s income
The Community Action Resource Center is not open for drop in applications. To make an appointment Monday through Friday, please call 651-603-5977 to speak to an Enrollment Specialist.
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 follow the link below:
It is very important to have your child's up-to-date physical and dental appointments. Please have your child's doctor and dentist complete these forms when you go to an appointment. For assistance, please call 651-603-5977.
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
* Community Action is an equal opportunity provider.