Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc.
Services and programs that prepare low-income families with preschool children (ages 3 - 5) for their transition to public school kindergarten and to support child development, parenting skills and self-sufficiency
Head Start helps families with young children prepare to succeed in life and school. Programs promote children's development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being. The program helps with early learning, health, nutrition and social services while being responsive to ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.
Services may vary in each local community.
Services may include:
- Center based classroom or Family Child Care experiences for children and their families
- Home-based services provided to individual families
- Socialization experiences
- Leadership, advocacy, and training supports for families
- Coordination with public schools and Early Childhood Special Education
The goal is to deliver services to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being while engaging parents as partners as their child's primary teacher.
Local Head Start services are delivered by public and private nonprofit and for-profit agencies supported by local, state, and federal funding.
- Assistance for families in keeping children up to date with health, dental and nutritional needs
- Educational opportunities for families
- Referrals and support services for families and for families
- Support and services for children with special needs
- Mental health support services for families and children
- Parent leadership opportunities
- Community Action Partnership
- Free / no cost to eligible clients
- People with low income
The Health and Human Services (HHS) Poverty Guidelines are used to determine income eligibility for participation in Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
- Children age 3 - 5 who are from families with incomes below the poverty guidelines
- Children in families who are experiencing homelessness
- Families receiving public assistance such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Foster children are eligible regardless of their foster family's income
Local programs may determine additional selection criteria to be responsive to community needs.
No cost to participating families
401 Murray Ave, Pine River, MN, 56474
- Primary Contact for this program: 218-587-3323
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- Bemidji Head Start And Early Head Start 1601 Conifer Ave NW, Bemidji, MN, 56601
- JW Smith Elementary Head Start 1712 America Ave NW, Bemidji, MN, 56601
- Blackduck Head Start And Early Head Start 372 Summit Ave W, Blackduck, MN, 56630
- Kelliher Head Start 243 Clark Ave, Kelliher, MN, 56650