Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

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


Head Start helps young children living in low-income families prepare to succeed in life and school through local programs. Head Start 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
  • Coordination with public schools and Early Childhood Special Education (Part B 619, ECSE)
  • Socialization experiences
  • 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 Head Start services are delivered by public and private nonprofit and for-profit agencies.

Additional Information

Head Start is held at six sites and the bus runs up to 140 miles round trip. Classes are open 9 months a year.


  • 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 Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

  • Children age 3 - 5 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Priority is given to families living within the designated service area of the Leech Lake Reservation.


Free to eligible families


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Other Locations

Other Services at this Location

  • Child and Teen Checkups Well-child care and screenings for eligible newborns, children and young adults
  • Clinic Medical office that provide non-emergency care
  • Public Health Clinic Public health departments offer screenings, health education and wellness services


Business Hours

8:00am - 4:30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Phone Numbers

  • Primary Contact for this program: 218-659-2851
  • Main: 218-659-2764
  • Community Center Contact: 218-659-2685

Area Served

Itasca County

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