Head Start

Head Start supports the comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5 to promote school readiness for young children from low-income families. Head Start services include early learning, health, and family well-being.

Both Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer a variety of service models. Programs may be based in centers, schools, or family child care homes. Early Head Start services are provided for at least six hours a day, whereas Head Start preschool services may be half-day (four hours) or full-day.

Another program option is home-based services, in which a staff person visits children once a week in their own home and works with the parent as the child's primary teacher. Children and families who receive home-based services meet twice monthly with other enrolled families for a group learning experience facilitated by Head Start staff.

Find a program near you

The Head Start Locator helps you find Head Start and Early Head Start programs in your area.

Overview of the Minnesota State Collaboration Office

The purpose of the Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) is to facilitate collaboration among Head Start agencies and entities that carry out activities designed to benefit low-income children from birth to school entry and their families.  Methods used by HSSCO to coordinate and lead efforts for diverse entities to work together include:

  • Talking with stakeholder groups to share information and plan services.
  • Help Head Start agencies access and use available resources to build critical partnerships and ensure Head Start children and families can get the services they need.
The Minnesota Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) is located at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Early Learning Services Division. Program administration includes oversight of state funding for Head Start, Minnesota’s Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program, School Readiness program, and Early Childhood Screening program, as well as Early Childhood Special Education Part B 619 and Part C Early Intervention Services.  With MDE, the Minnesota Head Start Association and the Region V Administration for Children and Families are key partners in setting and implementing priorities and direction for the HSSCO. The HSSCO director serves as liaison among these partners.

Head Start State Collaboration Director

Jeanne Dickhausen was appointed as the Head Start State Collaboration Director in February 2013.