Community Action Head Start and Early Head Start offers center and home-based services for children from birth to age 5, special needs children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families.  To be eligible for the services, the family’s income is evaluated using the annual Federal Poverty Guidelines and families must reside in Ramsey County.

Click here for eligibility guidelines.

Family Size

Family Income

2 $16,240
3 $20,420
4 $24,600
5 $28,780
6 $32,960
7 $37,140
8 $41,320
9 $45,500
* For families with more than 9 persons, add $4,180 for each additional person.

If a child is homeless, a foster child, living with a family receiving MFIP (cash grant or childcare assistance) or receiving Supplemental Security Income, they are eligible for Head Start/Early Head Start services.

Additionally, at least 10% of all Head Start and Early Head Start enrollment opportunities must be available to children with disabilities who are eligible for Part C services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in Minnesota.

For Head Start’s full-day program option, a childcare subsidy is required.

Early Head Start has these additional eligibility guidelines:

  • Income-eligible pregnant women.
  • Income-eligible families with infants and/or toddlers under the age of three.
  • Families living in Ramsey County.

For Head Start & Early Head Start application information, call 651-603-5977.
Applications are accepted throughout the year.