Program DescriptionThe Head Start program (for children ages 3 to 5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm worker families.
General Program RequirementsFor this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Minnesota, and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school. Prenatal benefits are also available through the Early Head Start program.
If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a caregiver whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessFor enrollment information, contact the program nearest you: