Early Head Start


Early Head Start is continuing to offer programming and support to families during COVID-19 through “virtual visits,” providing resources and child development information and education. Early Head Start is a year-round program and we are enrolling new families, so please fill out an application below.

Early Head Start is a home visiting program in Scott, Carver, and Dakota counties designed to nurture healthy attachments between a child and their parent or caregiver. Providing a full range of services for each family from pregnancy to age three, Early Head Start promotes the healthy physical, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers, with a focus on school readiness.

A Typical Early Head Start Visit

Each 90-minute visit is designed to meet a family’s individual needs, and include:

  • Greeting the child and family
  • Discussion of the previous visit, answering any questions
  • Presentation of a new parent/child activity
  • Caregiver and child engaging in the new activity
  • Planning and goal-setting for the next visit

Visits are weekly throughout the year. Twice a month, families participate in group activities where they can connect and socialize with other families and explore their community. 


Am I eligible?

Early Head Start is available in Scott, Carver, and Dakota counties for families with children from pregnancy to age three (3). Household income and family size are also considered for eligibility.  

How do I apply?

To apply, please complete a Head Start/Early Head Start application and check the box indicating Early Head Start (applications available to the right). Please download the application, fill it out on your computer, then email your completed application to headstart@capagency.org as an attachment. To be considered, please be prepared to provide proof of income:

  • A copy of your federal 1040 tax return or
  • W-2 (income for the last calendar year) or
  • Copies of your check stubs and proof of other sources of income during the previous three months: salary or wages, unemployment benefits, interest income/other, MSA, social security benefits, proof of income from self-employment, retirement or pension income, SSI, child support/alimony, MFIP/TANF/SWP, or please complete a “no income” form

All information is confidential and only used to determine how to best serve the needs of your family.  Please call 651-322-3500 and ask for Early Head Start with questions or for assistance completing the application.


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