Head Start Program

Online Application

Click to start the online application for WCMCA Head Start or Early Head Start.

Parent Resources

Information about Head Start and resources for parents of your children


WCMCA Head Start and Early Head Start locations and contacts

About the Head Start Program

Two types of programming:

  • Early Head Start: Home-based program that serves pregnant women and children birth to 3 years old
  • Head Start: Preschool program for children 3-5 years of age; find a location

Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through agencies in their local community. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5 in centers and in their own homes. Head Start services include early learning, health and family well-being.

Head Start Preschool days and times vary depending on the location. Please contact us for more information and current school program times.

Eligibility Information

Families are automatically eligible for the program if they meet at least one of the following:

  • Receiving Public Assistance (MFIP, SNAP, SSI, etc.)
  • Foster Care family
  • Experiencing Homelessness (lacking fixed, regular, and adequate housing)
  • Living at or below the current Federal Poverty Guidelines

WCMCA Head Start and Early Head Start serves families with children in a 7-county area, which includes Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wadena Counties. Age and income guidelines are set by the federal government. Ten percent of Head Start’s enrollment is reserved for special needs children who may be over the income guidelines. All Head Start services are provided at no cost to the family.

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Additional Resources

Quick Links

Community Resource Guide

Serving Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wadena Counties

Parent Policy Handbook

For parents of children enrolled in Head Start in West Central Minnesota

More Information

Dianne B

  • 218-685-7009
  • WCMCA Head Start
    Attn: Dianne B.
    411 Industrial Park Blvd.
    Elbow Lake, MN 56531

2022 Program Statistics


Home-Based Early Head Start

Pregnant women and children (prenatal to 3-years)


Center-Based Head Start Preschool

Children ages 3-5 years


4-year-old Head Start children who met or exceeded expectations for Kindergarten readiness

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