Prairie Five Head Start and Early Head Start


422 5th Avenue, Suite 307
PO Box 166
Madison, MN 56256
Phone: 800-443-4283 or 320-598-3118
Fax: 844-273-2299

Mission Statement

Our mission is to strive together to foster strong healthy children and their families and to promote staff excellence through dynamic programming.

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Application Packet

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Head Start Collaborative Application
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Head Start and Early Head Start Philosophy

Our program philosophy is as follows:

The potential for learning is greatest during early years of a child’s life, therefore, every possible learning opportunity should be provided to children at the earliest possible age. The basic responsibility for early education is in the home.

The early education learning environment, whether in the home or in a school, should provide a rich variety of activities that will foster physical mental, emotional, and social development.

Activities should include both individual and group learning experiences using a variety of concrete experiences. Each child’s growth level should be the basis for the extension of his/her learning.

What is Head Start and Early Head Start?

Head Start and Early Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood program serving income eligible pregnant women and families with children up to 5 years old (children must turn 5 after September 1st of the current school year applying for).  Families living with certain other situations are also eligible such as families receiving TANF (MFIP), SSI, or children who are in foster care.  Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s individual needs.  This program is inclusive, celebrating all types of children and families.

Head Start

Head Start is a center based preschool program for children 3-5 years old (children must turn 5 after September 1 of the current school year to be age eligible).  Most classrooms operate four full school days Monday-Thursday during the school year.  There are a few exceptions to this model with our agency.

Head Start comprehensive services include:

  • Education: school readiness goals in the areas of language, literacy, math, science, health, and social emotional skills.
  • Screenings and follow-up for health, development, and behavior
  • Health and safety
  • Social and emotional health
  • Nutrition
  • Family goal-setting
  • Social services
  • Transition services
  • Services for children with disabilities 

Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and to participate in home visits and parent/teacher conferences throughout the year.  Each family has a Family Advocate who assists parents in finding community resources and other connections when needs arise.  Other important parent opportunities include Parent Committee and Policy Council membership where parents work with Head Start staff and have an important part in governing the program.

Early Head Start

The Early Head Start program recognizes the demands of caring for very young children.  Our staff values the involvement of families in their child’s early learning, social, and cultural experiences.  The program includes weekly home visits with parents and their child(ren), teaching and partnering with them in the areas of child development, health, mental health, family health, and development and family resources.  Weekly home visits include:

  • Parenting information and screenings to ensure that children are developmentally on track. 
  • Playgroup sessions are provided throughout the year where parents and children can build friendships and discuss interesting parenting topics. 
  • Assisting pregnant women with accessing comprehensive prenatal care to promote healthy development and a safe delivery.
  • Working with parents to ensure that children have access to quality health care, including dental, vision, speech, hearing, nutritional, mental health screenings, and physical exams and immunizations.
  • Information and referrals to other community agencies as needed.
  • Supporting parent’s efforts to meet the challenges of parenting.

Pregnant women and children up to 3 years old may apply for this year long opportunity.

Program Options and Center Locations

Center Based Program:

This option includes coming to the center four days a week, two home visits during the school year, and three parent contacts during the school year to discuss the child’s progress.

EHS Home-Based Program:

This program is a year-round program for pregnant mother’s and children ages birth to three. The program has weekly home-visits and two socializations every month.


LqP Community Preschool 
Appleton I & II-Full days 
Appleton III (AM) & IV (PM)-Half days 
50 E. Rooney – Appleton, MN 56208

Benson Head Start 
Benson 1 (AM) & II (PM)-Half days 
1800 Nevada Ave – Benson, MN 56215

Canby Head Start
Full days
601 4th St West – Canby, MN 56220

Beardsley I & II 
Full days
601 1st St N – Clinton, MN 56225

Granite Falls Head Start 
Full days
555 7th Ave – Granite Falls, MN 56241

KMS Community Preschool 
Full days
Kerkhoven KMS High School

LqP Community Preschool 
Madison I-Full days 
Madison II (AM)-Half days 
422 5th Ave – Madison, MN 56256

Montevideo I & II Head Start 
Full days
412 S 13th St – Montevideo, MN 56265 

Early Head Start-Home Based Program 
Weekly home visit-year round 
2 socializations a month

2020-2021 Head Start/Early Head Start Income Guidelines

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Program Annual Performance Report

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Head Start and Early Head Start Application Packet

Please print the application packet, fill out and send, along with proof of income to:

Prairie Five Head Start
PO Box 166
Madison, MN 56256

The following additional information will be asked for:

  • Any custody papers/parenting plans/orders of protection.
  • Well child exam that is due PRIOR to the first day of school that must include; a total body checkup, blood test for lead and hemoglobin, and a blood pressure reading.
  • Minnesota law requires children enrolled in child care, early childhood education, or school to be immunized against certain diseases, unless the child is medically or non-medically exempt.
  • Dental exam that is due PRIOR to the first day of school (If unable to complete this requirement before the first day of school, please contact our Health Coordinator)

**Physical, immunization or exemption and dental forms will be provided by Prairie Five Head Start**

As soon as we receive the completed application, including proof of income, we will review your application and schedule a time to meet with you in person or via phone to verify information on your application.  All applicants are placed on a waiting list.  Once we have received your child’s completed physical and dental exam and immunization record, we will contact you and let you know what the next step is.  Our programs do not operate on a first-come first serve basis.  When an opening becomes available in the option you requested, all individuals on the waiting list for that option are considered.

Applications for both Head Start and Early Head Start are accepted all year long.

For additional information please call 800-443-4283 or 320-598-3118