White Earth Nation
Head Start - American Indian Families
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.
Home Based and Early Head Start:
- Pregnant parents and children ages birth - five
- Services are available in all areas of the White Earth Reservation with a home visitor providing a weekly visit and two monthly group socialization.
- This option is available September - May for ages three - five and year round for prenatal to three year old children.
- Children ages 3 - 5 years old
- Students are transported to one of the six centers near where they reside.
- Each classroom is staffed with a lead teacher, an assistant teacher and a family service advocate to assist families with various needs.
- This option is for full days Monday- Thursday from September - May. Centers are based in the communities of Pine Point, Naytahwaush, White Earth/Callaway, Waubun/Ogema, Rice Lake and Mahnomen.
- Free / no cost to eligible clients
- Children and/or youth with disabilities
- 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 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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Serves all families (Native American and non-Native American) residing on Reservation. Families over income guidelines accepted when applicable.
Preference is given to:
- Low income families
- White Earth enrolled members
- White Earth descendants
- Other Native American tribes
- Children with disabilities and other special needs
Downloadable application specific to White Earth available on agency website
No cost to participating families
2222 College Rd, Mahnomen, MN, 56557
- Primary Contact for this program: 218-936-3015
- Naytahwaush Head Start 206 Church St, Naytahwaush, MN, 56566
- Waubun Head Start 3317 US Highway 59, Waubun, MN, 56589
- White Earth Head Start 35966 Eagle View Rd, Ogema, MN, 56569
- Rice Lake Head Start 13830 Community Loop, Bagley, MN, 56621
- Pine Point Head Start 48075 Pow Wow Highway, Ponsford, MN, 56575
Other Services at this Location
- Early Head Start - American Indian Families Home visiting or center-based services and programs for low-income families with infants and toddlers that support child development, parenting skills and self-sufficiency