EARLY HEAD START

HEAD START

 

 

Who is Eligible?

 

Age Range:

  •   Pregnant women and children who are less than three years old on September 1 of the program year are Early Head Start age.
  •   Children who are 3 or 4 years old on September 1 of the program year are Head Start age.
  •   Children who are 5 on September 1 of the program year are not eligible for Head Start because they are kindergarten age.

 

Lives in or will be moving to:

  •   Benton County
  •   Sherburne County
  •   Stearns county

 

Income/life factor:

  •   Family income from the last 12 months or last tax year meets the federal poverty guidelines.
  •   At least one family member receives MFIP/TANF (Minnesota Family Investment Program).
  •   At least one family member receives SSI (Supplemental Security Income).
  •   Family is homeless.
  •   The child has a documented disability or special need such as speech services, an IEP, an IFSP, etc.
  •   The child is in foster care.

 

Is there a fee?

  •   There is no cost for Early Head Start and Head Start programming.
  •   One Early Head Start and two Head Start classrooms, provide wrap around child care for a fee.

 

When should I apply?

  •   Applications are accepted year-round.

 

How do I apply?

  •   Get an application by clicking the button at the bottom of this page OR call the Reach-Up office to request an application: 320-253-8110.
  •   Submit by email or mail the completed application, proof of family income and the child’s immunization record to the Reach-Up Head Start office:
    •   350 Hwy 10 S, Suite 100, St. Cloud, MN 56304
  •   Stop by the Reach-Up Head Start office if you need help with the application. Bring proof of your family income and the child’s immunization record.

 

What happens after I apply?

  •   Proof of income is reviewed to determine eligibility.

 

If your child is eligible:

  •   Your child will go on the waiting list for the program choice you marked on the application.
  •   Eligible children are enrolled when there are openings.

 

If your children are not eligible:

  •   A letter will be sent informing you right away.

 

Apply for your child:

Application PDF