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Dear Families,

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.

Suzy Amundson
Family Engagement Coordinator


Attendance Focus:

Set a regular morning routine and stick to it! Chaos and confusion is no way to start the learning day!


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:

Teaching children


When parents are involved in their children’s education, children do better in school.


For parents of enrolled children:


Useful Websites for Parents:



Local School Districts:



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.




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:

  •   http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing)cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
  •   Mail –
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  •   Fax – 202-690-7442
  •   Email – program.intake@usda.gov


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.