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Northwest Community Action Head Start offers two options to families, Home-Based and Center-Based. Head Start offers learning curriculums that are created to ensure that every child experiences meaningful developmental progress. Head Start provides a strong foundation and family support that will help prepare children for success in Kindergarten academically, socially and emotionally, setting them on a path for success in their educational future and beyond.


Offered for pregnant moms and children up to age 3.

Weekly family home visits for up to 90 minutes. We have 8 home visitors across Marshall, Kittson, Roseau and Lake of the Woods Counties

Our home-based program recognizes that children’s development is influenced by their families and environments. When families are engaged, they can provide support that complements the child’s experiences in the program.

Home visitors use a researched based curriculum called Love & Learn to provide developmentally appropriate learning in physical, social-emotional, language and critical thinking skills.

Busy Buddy Groups offered twice a month offering fun activities, nutritious snacks, and parent education as well as socialization.

No cost to families.



Offered for children ages 3-5.

10 preschool centers open September-May in local schools.

Centers located in Badger, Baudette, Greenbush, Grygla, Karlstad, Roseau, 3 classrooms in Warroad, and Viking.

Centers use Creative Curriculum which is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features hands-on investigations as a pathway to learning.

School Bus transportation may be available in your area.

No cost to families.


NWCA Head Start offers comprehensive services to aid
children and families reach their full potential.

Family Partnership

Creating family partnerships is crucial for goal setting, referrals, parenting education and ongoing support. Parents have opportunities to volunteer in and out of the classroom, providing outlets to socialize, learn and practice new skills. Our Head Start Policy Council encourages parents to volunteer to grow parent advocacy and collaborate with others to continue driving our program forward.

Dental Services

Head Start focuses on promoting oral hygiene and preventing dental issues among children enrolled in Head Start programs. Dental health in Head Start typically involves providing preventive care, such as regular dental check-ups, cleaning, and fluoride treatments, as well as education on proper oral hygiene practices for both children and their families. 

Health and Mental Wellness Services

During enrollment, families will work with Head Start staff and community partners to ensure they will have ongoing support to make use of all available health resources and insurance.

Nutrition Services

To ensure children are healthy and well balanced, NWCA Head Start provides a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack each day through the Child and Adult Care Food Program. 

Disability Services and Early Childhood Special Education

At least 10% of Head Start enrollment opportunities are made available to children with disabilities. Early identification and intervention for children with special needs is a crucial stage in a child’s development. Head Start collaborates with parents and community agencies when further assessment is needed. We are focused on the inclusion in all program experiences building on your child’s strengths.



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