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Head Start & Early Head Start

Mission Statement

Leech Lake Head Start is committed to providing qualify early childhood learning opportunities to empower all children, families and staff. We promote safe and healthy lifestyles through family partnerships, nutrition and health services. We believe that parents are the prime educators and advocates for their children. We hold the language and traditions and the Anishinaabeg to the highest degree, while respecting and valuing other cultures.

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Policies & Regulations

Head Start grantees that provide services to children and families must meet the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) and the requirements set forth in the Head Start Act of 2007. The Office of Head Start (OHS) also offers direction through Program Instructions (PIs) and Information Memorandums (IMs). More guidance is available to grantees through their federal program specialist.

The HSPPS reflect best practices and the latest research on early childhood development and brain science. The HSPPS gives grantees flexibility in achieving positive child and family outcomes and encourage the use of data to track progress and reach goals in all program areas.

Culture & Language, Data & On-going monitoring, Professional Development, School Readiness, Teaching Practices, Transitions, Curriculum, Learning Environments, and Dual Language Learners are topics covered within the area of education.

COVID-19, Child Development: There have been additional provisions made regarding service delivery that include program duration, on-going assessment and child data as programs across the nation continue to work during this pandemic.

Public Law 110-134 "Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007"

An example of what the Head Start Act provides: Sec. 636. [42 U.S.C. 9831] It is the purpose of this subchapter to promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development—

(1) in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning; and

(2) through the provision to low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary.

When developing, selecting or adapting curricula, programs use the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) as a guide. This framework identifies age-appropriate expectations to help programs plan experiences and activities that match a child’s skills and abilities. This framework can be used for center-based, home-based, and family child-care service models.

The licensing requirements listed within this document the Leech Lake Early Head Start and Head Start follow regardless of our status of not being a child-care center. Topics covered: Program options, operational guidelines, children with special needs, extended hour care programs, ratios & capacity, caregiver qualifications, caregiver training, admission & enrollment, daily program activities, nurturing & enriching environment, emergency and evacuation, transportation, building and premises, and infection control. These requirements are often more stringent than the State guidelines for child-care centers.

PDF - LLCCC Licensing Requirements


Center Contact Information

Aabinoojii Oshkii Bimadiziwin (AOB)
16120 60th Ave NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone#: 218-335-8345/8336
Fax#: 218-335-8255

Bemidji Center

Bena Center
15085 Old Housing Drive NE
Bena, MN 56626
Phone#: 218-665-5312
Fax#: 218-665-5309

Onigum Center
8831 Onigum Road NW
Walker, MN 56484
Phone#: 218-547-1420
Fax#: 218-547-0467

Ball Club Center
51645 County Road 118
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone#: 218-246-8374
Fax#: 218-246-9385

Inger Center
53736 County Road 146
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone#: 218-659-2851
Fax#: 218-659-2689

Bemidji Center
136 Peaceful Meadow Lane SE
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone#: 218-444-8480
Fax#: 218-444-8405

Sugar Point Center
316 E Main Street
Remer, MN 56672
Phone#: 218-566-2351
Ext. 32026

Leech Lake Tribal College
6945 Littlewolf Road NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Phone#: 218-335-4216
Fax#: 218-335-4210

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