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Federally-funded head start programs help prepare young children from low-income families, ages birth to five years old, and their parents for the social and educational challenges that young children face as they develop. Each head start program focuses on providing comprehensive services designed to enhance a child's emotional, social, cultural, language, reading, mathematics, science, health and nutrition education.

This head start center locator page contains links to listings of programs offered in the 96 counties in the state of Iowa. Each listings page contains the name, address and contact information for a specific county's available centers. From that page, use additional links to explore individual center facts, application instructions and directions.

Our head start center locator features the number of head start centers per county in parentheses ( ) to the right of the county names. To see a current list of your county's head start centers, click your county's name.

Iowa Head Start Program Centers Listed by Counties

Recently Updated Center in Iowa Head Start Program Database:

Southern Iowa Economic Development Association
Ottumwa IA 52501-2523
SIEDA Head Start â„¢ is a preschool experience for low-income and disabled children 3-5 years of age. Head Startâ„¢ is a holistic approach to early childhood education that addresses not only the educational needs of the children but also the health, nutrition, social, mental health and literacy needs as well. Multi-cultural classrooms serve children who are unable to speak English or speak English as a secondary language.
Tri County Child and Family Development Council
Waterloo IA 50703-3824
Head Start has been in Black Hawk County since the first summer time program in 1965. Services to Buchanan County started in 1968 as Head Start expanded to a school year program. In 1989 services began in Grundy County and in 1998 Early Head Start began in Black Hawk County. We are funded to serve 568 children ages 3 and 4, and thanks to ARRA Expansion, 312 Early Head Start children. We are the largest Early Head Start program in the state. Since 1965 this agency has served over 20,000 children whose families live in poverty in our three county service area.
Graettinger IA 51342-7732
The Head Start Program was established in 1965, to provide preschool children of low income families a comprehensive, family-centered, child development program to meet their educational, emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. UDMO offers Head Start in Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto and Pocahontas counties. In addition, children ages zero to three and their families may participate in the Early Head Start Program in Buena Vista, Clay, and Emmet Counties. U
Harlan IA 51537-4804
WCCA Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood development program serving low-income children from age three to five and their families. Head Start is a Federal program that is operated by a local non-profit organization – West Central Community Action (WCCA). Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities including literacy, language, science, social-emotional, and much more. They also receive medical and dental services, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing safely indoors and outdoors.In addition to the educational services provided by Head Start, family involvement is at the core of its success. Head Start families can take part in the classroom as a volunteer, help with classroom projects, and even help develop curriculum. Elected family members take part in our Policy Council, a board that partners with staff members in decision-making responsibilities for the program. Families can participate in trainings in areas such as child rearing, job training, health and nutrition, as well as learn about other resources in our community.
Community Action Agency of Siouxland
Sioux City IA 51106
Early childhood program options for children ages three and four. Classrooms in Sioux City serve a diverse population of low-income children with activities that help them grow academically, socially, emotionally and physically. Classroom hours vary. Home Visitors serve rural Woodbury County with weekly in-home visits. Income eligibility is based on 100% of current Federal Poverty Guidelines, with some allowances for higher income participants with special needs
Community Action of Eastern Iowa
Davenport IA 52807-2623
Unlike traditional childcare and early childhood education programs, Head Start does more than promote one approach. We strive to focus on the whole child. We respect the importance of all aspects of an individual’s development, including social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth.
Community Action of Southeast Iowa Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide center based Head Start/Early Head Start services for eligible families in Des Moines, Henry, Louisa, and Lee counties in Southeast Iowa. Children are served through two program options in Head Start – part day and full day programs. Full day programs are for parents working, in school or in training. All Early Head Start programs are full day programs for parents working, in school or in training. Part day children are transported to and from school.
Des Moines Public Schools Head Start
Des Moines IA 50314-3401
Drake University Head Start, including Early Head Start, is the largest Head Start grantee in the state of Iowa and one of only a few university-based Head Start programs in the nation. Drake University Head Start serves children from birth to age three through the Early Head Start program and children ages three and four and their families through the 3 and 4-year-old preschool program.
Hawkeye Area Community Action Program
Hiawatha IA 52233-1102
Building better Iowa communities involves ensuring the success of our children. HACAP focuses on early child development to provide essential resources to children during a critical time of growth. Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs that serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.
MATURA Head Start
Creston IA 50801-2305
Head Start is ready to give your child the school ready skills for a successful kindergarten experience! Parents are the child’s first teacher so we want to work with you in this process.