Head Start Program

About the Program

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.


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Head Start Program Information (PIR) Reports:

North includes Otter Tail and Wadena Counties.  South includes Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse Counties.


Head Start Contact Information

Preschool Head Start – 3 & 4 year olds

  • Alexandria EEC: Denise Holm and Shelia Vacek 320-762-8046
  • Alexandria ATCC: Kim Haugen 320-815-0421 and Jodi Femrite 320-760-5371
  • Ashby: Kali Peterson 320-760-2274
  • Brandon: Chris Kuhnau 320-760-1984
  • Elbow Lake: Stacie Rylander 320-760-2275
  • Fergus Falls: Denise Frederick 218-770-9575, Nicole Leininger 218-671-3521 and Kailey Graff  218-770-9278
  • Menahga: Pamela Roepke 218-539-0516
  • Morris: Beth Huebner 320-589-7949
  • Osakis: Tracy Thorson 320-760-2288
  • Pelican Rapids: Carrie Harthun 218-770-9232 and Deb Lontz 218-770-8858
  • Perham: Tena Fraki: 218-639-4290
  • Starbuck: Imogen Kirckof 320-760-2278
  • Wadena: Amanda Tyrrell 218-639-3914


Early Head Start – Pregnant Women and Children Birth to 3 years old

  • Alexandria Area: Angie Bakken 320-304-7818 and Kathi Molitor 320-760-4469
  • Elbow Lake Area: Kristine Braastad 218-770-9219
  • Fergus Falls Area: Michelle Umlauf  218-770-6518
  • Morris Area: Melissa Whittemore 320-760-2283
  • Parkers Prairie Area: Jodi Schmidt at 320-815-3879
  • Pelican Rapids Area: Bonnie Kuhlmann 218-770-9231
  • Perham Area: Resa Bittner 218-770-8711
  • Starbuck Area: Deb Holmes 320-760-2273
  • Traverse County: Loretta Kruger 320-760-9196
  • Wadena County: Julie Vry 218-639-2923


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

  • Receiving Public Assistance (MFIP (cash assistance), 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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Online Application


WCMCA Head Start / Early Head Start Enrollment Application
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More Information

Dianne B

Email: dianneb@wcmca.org

Phone: 218-685-7009

Mailing Address:

WCMCA Head Start
Attn: Dianne B.
411 Industrial Park Blvd.
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

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