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Head Start Preschool

Community Action Head Start - Preschool

Research shows that quality early childhood education from birth to age five 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.

Community Action Early Head Start—Center-based Toddler

Following the general Head Start model, the Early Head Start Center-based Toddler programming supports parents and caregivers in their role as their child's first teacher. Your toddler (ages 16 months to 3 years old) will grow and learn alongside their peers in a small group setting. Transportation is not available for toddler classrooms.

The toddler classroom at the University Center serves 8 children and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and operates year-round, just like the Head Start classrooms at University. Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) funding is required. Click here to find out more about CCAP.

The toddler classroom at Battle Creek Center serves 8 children and runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. CCAP funding is not required, but may be applied at this center.

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.

Head Start Centers

Community Action runs 11 Head Start Centers across Ramsey County.

Look at our map and find a Community Action Head Start Center near you:

Midway Head Start 
775 Lexington Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55104
(Monday-Thursday Classes 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

North St. Paul Head Start
2499 Helen Street North
North St. Paul, MN 55109
(Monday-Thursday Classes 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Battle Creek Head Start  
2181 Suburban Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55119
(Monday-Thursday Classes 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and Toddlers Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)

McDonough Head Start
1544 Timberlake Road
St. Paul, MN 55117
(Monday-Thursday Classes 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Mounds View Head Start
2101 14th Street NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
(Monday-Thursday Classes 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Mt. Airy Head Start
91 Arch Street East
St. Paul, MN 55130
(Monday-Thursday Classes 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Roosevelt Head Start
1575 Ames Avenue 
St. Paul, MN 55103
(Monday-Thursday Classes 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Ruth Benner Head Start
586 Fuller Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55103
(Monday-Thursday Classes 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Skyline Tower Head Start
1247 St. Anthony Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
(NO CLASSROOMS, Virtual Only for 2020-21)

West Side Head Start
271 Belvidere Street East
St. Paul, MN 55107
(Monday-Thursday Classes 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

University Head Start
450 Syndicate Street N 
St. Paul, MN 55104
(Year-Round Monday-Friday Preschool and Toddlers 7 a.m.-6 p.m.)


Partner Sites

Wilder Child Development Center
911 Lafond Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

Community Child Care Center
1250 Fifield Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Montessori American Indian Childcare Center
1909 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55119

Fraser Day Treatment
450 Syndicate Street North
St. Paul, MN 55104

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Energy Assistance


  • Children Enrolled in Head Start & Early Head Start


  • Low-Income People Registered to Vote


  • Volunteer Hours


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