Early Head Start


During this difficult time, the Early Head Start program is continuing its wonderful program by conducting “Virtual Visits” with our families.  We will continue to enroll families and provide much-needed resources and child development information and education.  Early Head Start is a year-round program and will continue through the pandemic, so please do not hesitate to complete an application, which you can find below.

Early Head Start is a home visiting program in Scott, Carver, and Dakota counties. It is designed to nurture healthy attachments between a child and their parent/caregiver. It provides a full range of services for each family from pregnancy to a child’s third year. Early Head Start provides a safe and developmentally enriching, caregiving experience. The program promotes physical, social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, aimed towards school readiness.

A Typical Early Head Start Visit

Visits are designed to meet family’s individual needs, and are year round, once a week for 90 minutes. The visit includes:

  • Greeting child and family
  • Discussion of last week’s visit/questions
  • Parent and child activity presented and modeled
  • Caregiver and child engaging in a new activity
  • Planning goals for next week’s visit

Twice a month, group socialization activities are planned where families can connect and explore their community. 


Am I eligible?

CAP Agency Early Head Start is available in Scott, Carver, and Dakota counties for families from pregnancy to a child’s third year. Household income, child’s age and family size are considered for eligibility.  

How do I apply?

To apply, please complete a Head Start/Early Head Start application, check the box indicating Early Head Start (applications are available to the right). In addition to a completed application form, those applying for Early Head Start services must provide proof of income, such as:

  • 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 complete no income form

All information is confidential and is 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 any questions or for assistance in completing the application.


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