Head Start


Head Start gives children ages 3 and 4 the opportunity to grow and learn in a high quality early childhood setting. The program is specifically tailored to meet the educational and social needs of preschool-aged children.


MICA has Head Start locations in Grinnell, Iowa Falls, Marshalltown, Nevada, and Tama. Head Start offers half-day and full-day classes with availability depending on the community.


In Head Start, children don’t just learn how to count or identify letters (though that’s certainly an important part of the curriculum). Many people don’t know that our preschool experience also includes health services and screenings, teaches good nutrition and social skills, supports parents and promotes physical activity so children improve their motor skills. It is a safe learning environment where children are encouraged to explore their world and learn the essential skills they will need to succeed later in life.



Does my child qualify for Head Start?

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

Be the primary caregiver or parent of a child between 3 and 4 years of age


Meet income guidelines


Reside in Hardin, Marshall, Tama, Poweshiek, or Story county (excluding Ames)

Is Head Start right for my child?


We would be happy to discuss your situation with you and see if Head Start services would benefit 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 child's needs and your elilgibility 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 a Head Start Representative

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