Important change happening
Bright Arrow messaging system has been used by Reach-Up Head Start to communicate with families and staff about bad weather closings, important meetings, school closings and emergency situations for a number of years.
Our phone number will not show up when sending a text message instead you will see this number 87569.
You will need to text YES to 87569 to receive messages from Reach-Up Head start.
These messages include bad weather closings, reminders of parent meetings, days Reach-Up is Closed, Child Conferences, and Emergency information that needs to be shared.
If you choose not to reply to this text message you may miss important information from Reach-Up Head Start.
If you have questions about this, please contact the Classroom Teacher or Reach-Up Head Start main office.
Family Engagement Coordinator
“Excused” absences do matter~ your child is still not here and is still not learning.
Ask yourself “Is he/she really sick or would he/she just rather stay home and watch TV?”
Your child was born ready to learn:
- Between birth and age five, the brain develops more than any other time in life.
- Your child is learning all the time.
- During the first five years, these learning experiences help build connections in the brain to prepare for future learning.
Everyday activities with your child are really learning opportunities for your child:
When parents are involved in their children’s education, children do better in school.
For parents of enrolled children:
- WCCO School Closings
- Parent Handbook 2019-2020 PDF
- Annual PII Parental Rights
- Sick Children: When to Stay Home & When to Return to School PDF
- Child Care Release Form
- Emergency Contacts Form
- Dental Exam Form
- Health – Plan of Care Form
- Health – Plan of Care ALLERGY ONLY Form
- Permission to Administer Medication Form
- Physical Exam Form
- Section B Form
- Allergy Prevention and Response Plan
- Center Base Initial Home Visit Report
- Education Philosophy
- Handling and Disposal of Bodily Fluids
- Nap Policy
Useful Websites for Parents:
- Minnesota Parents Know – Trusted parenting information, resources and activities to help your children grow, develop, and learn from birth through high school.
- Is Your Child Ready? – Get smart about kindergarten readiness!
- Common Sense Media – Reviews of movies, games, apps and more, so parents can make informed decisions and understand the media’s impact on kids.
- Choosy Kids – Be Choosy, Be Healthy!
- Center on the Social & Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
- Technical Assistance Center of Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)
- Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
- Minnesota Workforce Center
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota
- Head Start Success Stories
- Minnesota Head Start Association
- National Head Start Association
- Head Start – Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
- United Way of Central Minnesota
Local School Districts:
- Albany Area School District 745
- Becker School District 726
- Belgrade – Brooten – Elrosa School District 2364
- Big Lake School District – 727
- Elk River Area School District 728
- Foley School District 51
- Holdingford School District 738
- Kimball School District 739
- Melrose Area School District 740
- Paynesville School District 741
- ROCORI School District 750
- St. Cloud Area School District 742
- Sartell School District 748
- Sauk Centre School District 743
- Sauk Rapids/Rice School District 47
Reach-Up Head Start proudly prepares nutritious meals and snacks to the children we serve. We participate and follow the meal pattern set by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). At Reach-Up Head Start, we introduced your child to a wide variety of foods. Our menus reflect the diverse cultures represented in our program. No pork is offered on our menus. Daily breakfast and lunch are served family meal style to promote a positive environment for children to try new foods and learn table manners while engaging in a lively conversation.
We are proud to partner with local farmers from the Central Minnesota area to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables to our children at all centers. Look for our Farm to Head Start symbol on the menus.
Current menus are below for you to open and print:
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they are applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:
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- Mail –
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.