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Community Action Head Start Centers

Research shows that quality early childhood education is essential for success throughout a child’s life. Enrolling your child in preschool will help nourish your child’s mind, emotions, and social skills and prepare them for kindergarten and beyond! 

Below is a list of our current centers and the different program options offered at each center.

Center Name Center Address Center Phone Number Program Options
AGAPE 1037 University Ave W. St Paul, MN 55104 651-744-7998 T, I
Montessori American Indian Childcare Center 1909 Ivy Ave E. St Paul, MN 55119 651-774-1620 P
Battle Creek 2181 Suburban Ave. St Paul, MN 55119 651-730-1663 FD, T, I
Community Child Care Center 1250 Fifield Ave. St Paul, MN 55108 651-645-8958 P
Eastside YMCA 875 Arcade St. St Paul, MN 651-278-8273 ED
Fraser Day Treatment 450 Syndicate St N. St Paul, MN 55104 651-645-6445 P
McDonough 1544 Timberlake Rd. St Paul, MN 55117 651-558-2188 ED
Midway 775 Lexington Pkwy N. St Paul, MN 55104 651-603-5999 ED
Mt. Airy 91 Arch St E. St Paul, MN 55130 651-228-3196 ED
North St. Paul 2499 Helen St N. North St Paul, MN 55109 651-603-5973 ED
Roosevelt 1575 Ames Ave. St Paul, MN 55106 651-774-6311 ED
Ruth Benner 586 Fuller Ave. St Paul, MN 55103 651-224-4363 ED, FD, T, I
Skyline 1247 St Anthony Ave. St Paul, MN 55104 (Class time: 8:30am – 4:00pm) 651-999-7534 ED
University 450 Syndicate St N. St Paul, MN 55104 651-603-5962 FD, T
West Side 271 Belvidere St E. St Paul, MN 55107 651-298-4639 ED
Wilder Child Development Center 911 Lafond Ave. St Paul, MN 55104 651-280-2600 P

Head Start & Saint Paul Public Schools Partnership

Head Start and SPPS are offering an exciting new no-cost Pre-Kindergarten program for eligible families inside St. Paul Public School buildings. The program will include family support, opportunities for parent involvement, health support, and the full benefits of being part of the SPPS community. 

Eastern Heights Elementary Expo for Excellence Elementary Highwood Hills Elementary
2001 Margaret St St Paul, MN 55119 540 Warwick St St Paul, MN 55116 2188 Londin Ln E St Paul, MN 55119
Monday - Friday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
September - June September - June September - June


Who is eligible?

- Your child must be four years old by September 1, 2024

- Your child must live in the St. Paul school district


Children will be given priority if they are in the following categories: 

          -Family income is less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines 

          -Family receives SNAP (food stamps), MFIP Cash, or Supplemental Security Income 

          -The family is homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act (living in a shelter, couch-hopping, in doubled-up housing) 

          -The child applying for Head Start is a foster child 


Ways to apply:

- Visit the Community Action website at 

- Stop in at 450 Syndicate St. N, St. Paul, MN 55104 anytime Monday-Friday, between 8:30 - 4:00 

- Contact the Community Action Enrollment Hotline at 651-603-5977 

- Contact the SPPS Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760 or

Community Action Head Start Success

Enrolled in Head Start as a child, De’Quaia developed a love of reading, life and social skills, and appreciation for the benefits of a healthy body and mind. As De’Quaia’s mother LeAndra says, “One of the things she really took seriously was learning how to properly brush her teeth!”

As an advanced reader in elementary school, De’Quaia would aid classmates who were struggling. During high school, she succeeded academically and in extracurricular activities such as track, gymnastics, volleyball, and drill team. She helped establish “Girls Group”, a student organization designed to support and mentor African-American girls. The program model was recently adopted by the East Side YMCA.

After graduation, De’Quaia intends to study dentistry, perhaps a nod to her Head Start days when she learned how to brush her teeth.

Visit the NHSA website to learn more about Head Start's impact nationwide.

Comprehensive Services: The Foundation of Head Start

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Utility Bill Assistance


  • Children Enrolled in Head Start & Early Head Start


  • People Whose Utility Bills Were Lowered Through Home Weatherization


  • Workers Provided with Transportation Support Including Vehicle Loans, Repair Grants, and Transit Passes


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