Head Start & Early Head Start Program Update
Head Start is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 program year 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!
- 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
- 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?
Head Start is a federally-funded program that offers free preschool and family support services to families in need. Head Start has been around since 1965 and there are Head Start programs in every state in the country! Community Action Head Start is a no-cost child and family development program for eligible children ages 3-5 years living in Ramsey County. All preschool students receive at least two healthy meals in their classroom each day and free transportation is available for many of our 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. Children who have an IEP and different health needs are welcome and included in all center activities.
Quality early childhood education is essential for success throughout a child’s life! Enrolling your 3 to 5 year-old child in our free preschool can give them the school-readiness skills to prepare them for kindergarten.
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) to provide meals to children and partners with local dentists and clinics to offer healthcare services in the classroom.
What Is Early Head Start?
Early Head Start was created in 1994 in order to support families with children ages 0-3 years and pregnant mothers. Community Action Early Head Start's family-driven philosophy empowers parents and caregivers to support and nurture their children. Community Action Early Head Start has two different program options for families: center-based and home-based.
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.
How Do I Enroll?
Applications can be submitted electronically or in-person.
The Community Action Resource Center is open for drop-in applications, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. However, we recommend making an appointment before stopping by. To make an appointment Monday through Friday, please call 651-603-5977 to speak to an Enrollment Specialist. Our staff will be available to answer any of your questions and help you complete your application. If you would like to print an application and fill it out at home, please follow the link below:
What Else Do I Need?
Head Start/Early Head Start requires some documents to complete your application. Sending these documents to us will make the application process go faster.
- Proof of child’s birth date (copy of birth certificate, medical record, ID, etc.)
- Proof of income
- Public Assistance Letter for MFIP, DWP, or SSI
- Proof that the child is a foster child
- Proof of a family’s homeless status
- Income documents like W2, 1040, child support payments, or paystubs
- Your child’s immunization records or a signed exemption letter
- Physical Form
- Dental Form
- Notice of Privacy Practices
You can email copies of these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them in person to the Community Action Resource Center.
Our full-day, full-year programs require funding from Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) or the Think Small Pathway 1 Early Learning Scholarship. Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) or the Think Small Pathway 1 Early Learning Scholarship is required.
You can also complete the Think Small Pathway 1 Scholarship by clicking below. You can turn the document into our building or email it to email@example.com. If you have any questions, please call Elizabeth Sherman, Subsidy Administrator, at 651-248-2595.
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
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Community Action Resource Center, Suite 5
450 Syndicate Street North
St. Paul, MN 55104
* Community Action is an equal opportunity provider.