We are committed to building bright futures by enriching young children, ages Birth – 5 years old, and empowering their families. Comprehensive services and community opportunities support healthy families.
Head Start partners with parents to support their role as the primary decision makers for their children. Head Start activities help to develop social skills and encourage an excitement for learning. Children develop skills that prepare them to enter kindergarten with confidence.
View or download a Semcac Head Start Fact Sheet
View a video to learn more about how Head Start provides comprehensive services to children and their families.
- Center-Based: Head Start center classes are offered 4 days per week, in a classroom setting. Head Start for preschool age children, 3-5 years, operate September – May. Early Head Start has toddler rooms which operate year round. Twelve Head Start classrooms are located in the 6 counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Steele and Winona.
- All sites operated by our program are licensed with the Department of Human Services.
- Home – Based: Home-based educators travel, weekly, to the homes of enrolled pregnant women and homes with children ages Birth – 3 years of age. Additionally, there is a socialization event at the center nearest the family, every two weeks. Home-based services are offered all year in Fillmore, Houston, Mower and Steele counties.
2018-2019 Head Start Application pdf (Use this application for next school year.)
Head Start Application for 2017-’18 School Year (Use this application for current school year.)
Completing this application does not guarantee your enrollment. After completing this application, contact the Semcac office in your county (Semcac County Contact Center). Please read instructions in the beginning of the application.
- Support for healthy parent – child relationships.
- Quality learning activities that prepare your child for kindergarten starting as early as possible.
- Teachers have a full set of credentials related to child and family development. They are well-qualified and licensed to support your child, including those with special needs.
- Medical, Dental, Nutrition and additional comprehensive services are offered for the wellbeing of the child – promoting healthy living for the whole family. We also partner with dental hygienists, for example: We have a successful dental hygiene partnership with Let’s Smile, Inc.
- Support for parents/guardians to strengthen the family and achieve goals.
- Opportunities for family members to volunteer and be involved in program decisions.
- Environments that are clean, safe and well- equipped.
- Opportunities for family members to build support systems.
- Head Start conducts a regular Community Needs Assessment to learn what the current and greatest needs are in the area.
We are always receiving success stories from Head Start families and staff. Below, we are sharing some of the most recent stories about Head Start has empowered children and their families.
- Su Meh, Success Story of Staff
- Wright Family
- S Johnson Story
- The Story of Jabaree
- Watch a video about how Head Start works for developing Pre-K Math Skills!
Contact Information for Head Start – located in 6 counties. Contact the number below to receive and submit a Head Start application. Apply now- Space fills quickly!
Center – Classroom Locations
- Preston – 702 Chatfield Street Preston, MN 55965
- Caledonia – 511 West Main Street Caledonia, MN 55912
- LaCrescent-Hokah – 703 S. 11th Street LaCrescent, MN 55947
- Austin – 912 1st Avenue NE Austin, MN 55912
- Austin – 300 16th St. NE, Austin, MN 55912
- Owatonna – 1820 Hartle Ave., Owatonna, MN 55060
- St. Charles – 824 Church Avenue St. Charles, MN 55972
- Winona – 1756 Kraemer Drive, #200 Winona, MN 55987
Together we build bright futures!
Did you know? For every $1.00 invested in a Head Start program, taxpayers save $8.60! (This is due to reduced spending on remedial services, lower school dropout rates and fewer requiring state assistance.)
-www.whitehouse.gov; The Economics of Early Childhood Investments report, Jan 2015