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: