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Head Start is a child development program for three- and four- year olds, including children with special needs. Head Start also offers services to the family. Parents may take part in special trainings and events that help them learn and grow. Parents and teachers work together to plan appropriate activities so children learn to accept themselves and others and explore their world.



Head Start involves families in educating their children and providing experiences that develop social skills, language, physical development and concepts. Special services are offered to children with diagnosed disabilities and their families. We offer two options:

Home Based Head Start
parents and children have a weekly 1 1/2 hour home visit. Children also meet for a socialization experience at a Head Start site 2 to 3 times per month. A nutritious snack is provided.

Combination Head Start children have a 3 1/2 hour classroom three times a week on Wednesday through Friday and parents and children have a 1 1/2 hour home visit each month. Nutritious meals are provided.

Head Start 2017 - 2018 Program Year Annual Report

Head Start Program runs from

September to May

Recruitment is ongoing and Openings are filled as they become available. If you want your child enrolled, you should apply early by calling the Head Start office at:


Toll Free 1-800-658-2444

TTY: 507-372-7279


Click here to access the Worthington Head Start Library

Click here to access the Head Start Enrollment Information


Head Start Serves:

~   Children who turn 3 or 4 years old by September 1st

~   Children whose families meet federal income guidelines

~   Children with disabilities

~   At-risk children



Head Start provides limited transportation services. Bus boundaries and routes are determined each fall and are subject to change as needed. 

Health & Nutrition

Head Start requirements include a physical and dental exam each year your child is enrolled. Your child will need to have a Child & Teen Checkup. Immunizations must be up to date before your child enters the classroom. Head Start provides your child with healthy meals and snacks. Education on health, dental health, nutrition, and mental health are offered to all Head Start children and families.

Parent Involvement

Head Start believes that parents are their child's first and most important teacher. You can volunteer in the classroom and attend Family Nights. There is so much more you can do to get involved!

Social Service

Head Start helps families build their strengths. We partner with families to set goals to meet their needs. Head Start staff refers families to community resources as needed.