Head Start

The Head Start program offers two options:


Center-Based for 3-5 year old children - class sessions 4-day/week Monday through Thursday

Home Visit Option - weekly home visits



Early Head Start

The Home Based program serves pregnant women, infants, toddlers, Head Start children and their families.

School Age Parent Program

Head Start has a unique program serving parenting and pregnant teens in Barron and Dunn Counties.  School districts in each county contract with CESA 11 Head Start to provide the state required services to pregnant or parenting teens in their respective school.


School Readiness

Family Engagement


We offer:  

 *  Meals and/or snacks at our centers that are low in fat, sugar, and salt, and high in nutrients.

*  Home-style cooking from dedicated, friendly nutrition staff.  

*  An opportunity for your child to try new foods in a safe environment.

*  Family-style meal services where your child will learn skills to support them in making healthy choices and encourage their independence.

*  Hands on food experiences in the classroom and on home visits.

*  All centers are supported by a Nutrition Coordinator and a Registered Dietitian. 

Mental Health and Disability Services

Head Start utilizes a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team approach to support mental health and disability services to children. This occurs through direct observation by mental health consultants, referrals to community resources, and individual success team plans for children and families.

Health Services

The focus of Head Start health services is to prevent health problems whenever possible by carefully addressing the needs of enrolled children. Successful partnerships with health and dental care providers are the key to the success of this approach. 


The Federal Head Start Performance Standards require that all enrolled children receive health, dental and developmental screenings within 45 and 90 days of starting school.  Family Services workers provide guidance, support and encouragement through their delivery of services to families.

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