• Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting the development of the whole child. The Pelican Rapids Head Start program is part of the West Central MN Communities Action (WCMCA). Classes are held at Viking Elementary School.

    Classes offered for children ages 3 and 4:

    • Age 3: Classes meet four half days a week
    • Age 4: Classes meet four full days a week 

    Children’s growth and development is supported in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include:

    • Early learning: Children’s readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development. 
    • Health: Each child’s perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
    • Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.

    The Pelican Rapids District preschool programs have been approved for another Parent Aware Four Star Rating! This is the highest rating possible and is valid for two years! 

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    Pelican Rapids Head Start Staff

    Carrie Harthun
    Head Start Teacher

    Deb Lontz
    Head Start Teacher

    Kristy Batson
    Head Start Lead Assistant

    Veronica Martinez
    Head Start Teacher Assistant

    Miriam Sanchez
    Head Start Teacher Assistant

    Kamonrant (Pupae) Sillerud
    Head Start Teacher Assistant

    Head Start Welcome Video

    Head Start Application

    Contact us with any questions:

    Carrie Harthun
    218.770.9232

    Deb Lontz
    218.770.8858