Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a No Cost Infant or Toddler Program Focusing on Parent and Child Development, for those who qualify. When entering an Early Head Start partnership site such as Family Circle Learning Center our families must also have child care assistance. Please see resources below for more information on Child Care Assistance.

Head Start is committed to providing quality comprehensive services for the child and his/her total family. Activities are geared toward advancing the development of children enrolled and involving parents in the program. The program is designed to foster the parent’s role as the principle influence on their child’s development. Head Start also assists families in developing and achieving self-reliance.
Head Start’s approach to service includes: Health, Nutrition, Education, Parent Involvement, Social Services, Mental Health and Disabilities.


Who qualifies for Head Start?

  • Pregnant women, infants, toddlers and children up to age five

  • Eligibility is based on income guidelines

  • Other eligibility criteria is considered

  • Head Start children and families must reside in either Olmsted or Freeborn counties

  • Services available to children with special needs

For more information or to request an application call:

1-800-462-1660 OR 1-507-287-2009
Applications accepted all year long.

Fill out the application online or print out on your own computer, complete by hand and drop off or mail to:
Llene su solicitud, entreguela o envíela por correo a:
Families First of Minnesota
126 Woodlake DR SE
Rochester, MN 55904


Early Learning Scholarships

An Early Learning Scholarship can help your child attend high-quality child care and early education to help your child get ready for kindergarten. The scholarship money will be paid directly to the program of your choice that is participating in Parent Aware. Parent Aware is a rating tool to help parents select high-quality early childhood programs

To learn more about Early Learning Scholarships please visit the link below.

You can contact Early Learning Scholarships at:





You can Mail Applications to:

Families First ELS

126 Woodlake Drive SE

Rochester, MN 55949

(Applications cannot be accepted by email)


Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

In partnership with the Department of Human Services, Olmsted County administers federal and state Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) that provides a subsidy for child care for working parents who are income-eligible.


507 328-6500

1-855-282-3390 (Toll free)


507 328-7956