Serving children and families in

Barron, Polk Chippewa, Dunn, St. Croix, Pierce and Pepin Counties in Northwest Wisconsin.   

CESA #11 Head Start and Early Head Start parents and families!

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CESA #11 is a federally funded comprehensive school readiness program for children from birth to 5 and their families.


What we do at CESA 11 Head Start has a positive impact on children, families and the communities in which we work. We are entrusted to educate our most precious resource: your children! It is an important responsibility and a great opportunity. More than 720 children and their families participate each year in a variety of school readiness and family engagement activities.  This multigenerational approach helps ensure that the children in our care are ready for school, parents are ready to support their child’s learning, and schools are ready for children.


Our vision is to create relationships and build collaborative partnerships within our communities that support and empower the unique potential of each Head Start child, family and staff member. We fulfill our vision daily by providing high quality, comprehensive preschool services to children and families in seven counties. 


Thank you for taking the time to view our website!

Warm regards, 


Sheri Norgard 

Early Head Start Director

Beth Tilleson 

Head Start Director



CESA #11

Head Start Central Office

225 Ostermann Drive

Turtle Lake, WI 54889​

​Tel: 715-986-2020 opt. 4


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Head Start Advantage Documentary

This 18-minute documentary film explores the lives of Head Start children, parents, teachers, and alumni working to envision and create a better world for all Americans. Watch the film and you’ll get to know Head Start families throughout the country and see first-hand how the program has given more than 33 million Americans a head start on their education.

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​Head Start Facts and Impact

Children that participate in Head Start programs receive innumerable benefits. These advantages appear immediately, last a lifetime, and even have an effect on other generations.... 

Director Beth Tilleson featured in National Reading Month article on

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Actor Taye Diggs partnered with National Head Start Association to celebrate books and learning. If you're looking for another way to celebrate National Reading Month with kids, the actor Taye Diggs has you covered. He partnered with the National Head Start Association  (NHSA) to promote family literacy and a love for books among America's youngest readers. .......  

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The next Policy Council Meeting will be Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 4:30 pm.  The meeting will be held via Zoom.  Agenda

The regular Policy Council Executive meeting will be held via Google Meet on Thursday, May 27, 2021.  

Non Discrimination Policy Statement:

It is the policy of CESA #11 Head Start to provide equality of opportunity for all persons seeking to enroll in programming. CESA 11 prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age, sexual preference, marital status, arrest or conviction record, or any other protected class status in all aspects of programs, practices, and operation; and to promote the full realization of equal opportunity in services.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement Update:In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, 
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,1400 Independence Avenue, SW,Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2)  fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.