Early Head Start


We believe parents are a child's first and most important teachers. That's why MICA's Early Head Start program emphasizes strong parental involvement. Early Head Start parents are taught the stages of a child's development and activities they can do with their child to nurture her or his development.


To strengthen the health and well-being of the entire family, Early Head Start parents can also participate in Family Development. Through Family Development, MICA Family Development Specialists work one-on-one with families on issues that affect their overall success. In addition, parents can take part in parenting classes and fatherhood groups. All our efforts build on families' strengths, helping them create safer, more nurturing environments for their children.


MICA offers classroom-based and home-based Early Head Start. The Early Head Start program is offered for children ages 0-3, and is also available to pregnant women. Early Head Start involves educational experiences for both children and parents and offers families a wide range of free services designed to support the child and the family. 


Does my child qualify for Early Head Start?

To qualify for MICA's Early Head Start program, you must meet the following criteria:

Be the primary caregiver or parent of a child under 3 years of age, or be a pregnant woman expecting a child


Meet income guidelines


Reside in Hardin, Marshall, Tama, Poweshiek, or Story counties

Is Early Head Start right for my child?

We would be happy to discuss your situation with you and see if Early Head Start services would benefit you and your child.  Contact the Family Development Center in your area listed below to set up an appointment with a specialist who can help assess your family's needs and your eligibility for the services available.


Hardin County: 637 S. Oak Street in Iowa Falls. Call: 641-648-5036

Marshall County: 6 S. 2nd Street in Marshalltown. Call: 641-753-5523

Tama County: 105 S. State Street in Tama. Call: 641-484-4713

Story County: 230 SE 16th Street in Ames. Call: 515-956-3333

Poweshiek County: 611 4th Avenue in Grinnell. Call: 641-236-3923

Contact an Early Head Start Representative

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