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.

Additional Information

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.

Classroom/Center Based:

  • 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.


  • Payment
    • Free / no cost to eligible clients
  • Specialization
    • Children and/or youth with disabilities
    • Family
    • 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

Application Instructions

Downloadable application specific to White Earth available on agency website


No cost to participating families


2222 College Rd, Mahnomen, MN, 56557

Area Served

Mahnomen County

Phone Numbers

  • Primary Contact for this program: 218-936-3015


Other Locations

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

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