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Serving Goodhue, Rice and Wabasha Counties. Contact us for details.

Upon acceptance into Head Start, each child will be required to have a Physical and a Dental form completed at their medical and dental home. Feel free to contact us for assistance finding these clinics. You may find the forms below, or feel free to contact us to have them mailed to you. Even if you are not yet accepted, you can download these forms and get a head start on completing them. 

Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program focusing on child development and serving 3- and 4-year-old children and their families. Head Start establishes relationships that promote growth and development in young children and encourages the self-sufficiency of families.

The program is family-centered, strength-based and designed to foster the parent's role as the principle influence on their child's development and to assist families in developing and achieving self-reliance.

Head Start's approach to service includes: Health, Nutrition, Education, Parent Involvement, Social Services, Mental Health, Disabilities and School Readiness.

  • Serving pre-school age children and their families
  • NO COST to families
  • Must meet income guidelines
  • Nutritious lunch and breakfast or snack are provided
  • Transportation MAY be provided
  • Experienced, caring, professional staff
  • Field trips, creative arts, math, science, literacy
  • Parent participation and parent board
  • Families who have children with special needs are welcome to apply

See eligibility guidelines. When submitting your application be sure to include documentation of your income. We consider gross income from the twelve months immediately preceding the month in which the application is made, or the calendar year immediately preceding the calendar year in which the application is made.

Early Head Start is a home visiting program for pregnant women and children ages 0-3. The program consists of weekly, 90-minute home visits focusing on connection to resources, parenting, early intervention, and preparation for Head Start (or other preschool program). The application and eligibility are the same as Head Start. 

For more information:

Chelsey Klein
ERSEA / Data Specialist

The Three Rivers Head Start Program participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email atprogram.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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