Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

Early Head Start - Indigenous Families

Services and programming for low-income infants and toddlers and their families that supports child development, parenting skills and self-sufficiency


Early Head Start helps infants, toddler and pregnant women living in low-income families prepare for success through local programs. Early Head Start programs promote children's development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being.

The program helps with physical, cognitive, social and emotional development while being responsive to ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. Services may vary in each local community.

Services may include:

  • Socialization experiences for children and their families
  • Coordination with public schools and Early Childhood Special Education (Part C, ECSE)
  • Home-visiting programs
  • Center-based or family child care options in some local communities
  • Leadership, advocacy, and training supports for families

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 every step of the way.

Local Early Head Start services are delivered by public and private nonprofit and for-profit agencies.


  • Payment
    • Free / no cost to eligible clients
  • Specialization
    • Native American Community
    • People with low income


The Health and Human Services (HHS) Poverty Guidelines are used to determine income eligibility for participation in Early Head Start programs.

  • Pregnant women and children birth - age 3 who are from families with incomes below the poverty guidelines
  • Children from homeless families, and families receiving public assistance such as TANF or SSI are also eligible
  • Foster children are eligible regardless of their foster family's income

Local programs may determine additional selection criteria to be responsive to community needs.


Free to eligible families


5344 Lake Shore Dr, Nett Lake, MN, 55772-1200

Other Locations

Other Services at this Location

  • Emergency Shelter Provides a temporary place to stay for people that do not have housing
  • Energy Assistance Program Helps renters and homeowners pay their home heating bills and may also assist homeowners to fix or replace their broken furnace
  • Food Distribution Boxes or bags of food that are provided for free or at a very low cost, often on designated days or times
  • Head Start - Indigenous Families Services and programming that prepare low-income preschool children (ages 3 - 5) and their family's transition to public school kindergarten and support child development, parenting skills and self-sufficiency
  • Local Bus Service - Big Woods Transit Bus transportation within a city, county or region
  • Tribal Government Administrative center for the governing body of a tribe or association of tribes


Phone Numbers

  • Primary Contact for this program: 218-757-3265
  • Main - Housing Program: 218-757-3253
  • Main - Transportation Dispatch: 218-757-0280
  • Main - Tribal Government: 218-757-3261
  • Toll Free: 800-221-8129
  • Toll Free - Housing Program: 888-833-7337
  • Toll Free - Transportation Dispatch: 888-757-1540

Area Served

Bois Forte Reservation

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