Now enrolling in Olmsted and Freeborn counties

How to Apply
HEAD START is a No Cost Preschool Program Focusing on Parent and Child Development, for those who qualify.

Head Start is committed to providing quality comprehensive services for the child and his/her total family. Activities are geared toward advancing the development of children enrolled and involving parents in the program. The program is designed to foster the parent’s role as the principle influence on their child’s development. Head Start also assists families in developing and achieving self-reliance. Head Start’s approach to service includes: Health, Nutrition, Education, Parent Involvement, Social Services, Mental Health and Disabilities.

COVID-19 safety note: we are currently following state and CDC guidelines to ensure the best safety practices in our classrooms and on busses. Extra cleaning and sanitation occur on a daily basis and all our employees wear masks for protection. Additionally, we are conducting bi-weekly COVID-19 testing on all our staff to safeguard personnel, children, and families.

Who qualifies for Head Start?

  • Pregnant women, infants, toddlers and children up to age five

  • Eligibility is based on income guidelines

  • Other eligibility criteria is considered

  • Head Start children and families must reside in either Olmsted or Freeborn counties

  • Services available to children with special needs

For more information or to request an application call:

1-800-462-1660 OR 1-507-287-2009
Applications accepted all year long.

Fill out the application online or print out on your own computer, complete by hand and drop off or mail to:
Llene su solicitud, entreguela o envíela por correo a:
Families First of Minnesota
126 Woodlake DR SE
Rochester, MN 55904