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Head Start

Serving four counties in Kansas:  Clay, Ottawa, Republic & Washington.


  • Child Development Preschool

  • Transportation provided if needed

  • Full or half day slots

  • Individualized lesson plans from Frog Street curriculum.

  • Parent involvement activities

  • Vision & Hearing tests

  • Mental health services

  • Nutrition

  • Health Services

What is Head Start?

Head Start is a nationwide FREE federally funded pre-school program designed to ensure that all pre-school children, especially those from low-income families and children with disabilities, have the skills to succeed in Kindergarten and future school experiences. Full-day and half-day classes are available from Monday through Thursday nine months of the year.

Enroll your child today!

We are accept enrollment applications year round. Please join us and apply now.



Head Start is available to children aged 3-5 years old who live in Clay, Ottawa, Republic or Washington counties. Priority is given to families who have children with disabilities or whose income is within the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Automatic Qualifiers​:

  • Families receiving SSI, TANF, SNAP

  • Children in foster care

  • Families without a fixed residence or homeless

School Readiness

To prepare children for school, our teachers design curriculum that encourage individual development for each child in three key areas:  language development, which is fundamental to learning; literacy skills that lay the foundation for reading and writing, as well as familiarizing our children with books and other learning tools; and mathematics knowledge and skills, including understanding numbers, shapes, measurement, patterns, and other traditional mathematical problems.  We know that math skills developed during the early years help children to connect ideas, develop logical and abstract thinking, and to question, analyze, and understand the world around them.


call: 785-632-2195

What do I bring?

  1. Child’s birth documentation

  2. Child’s immunization record

  3. Proof of income for past 12 months: (bring all that apply)

Tax forms for the previous year (preferred), W-2 forms, check stubs, child support, unemployment, Social Security or military income, etc.

Where is the nearest Head Start?

We have Head Start classrooms in Clay Center, Belleville, Minneapolis, & Washington Kansas.  You can find the nearest Head Start using the Head Start Locator.


In order for children to learn and grow, they need to be physically and emotionally healthy.  Head Start works with parents to help each child be up-to-date on their medical care.  We also provide a variety of screenings to see if children have vision, hearing, dental, developmental, or mental health needs.

Executive Director: Audrey Waid
1021 4th Street Clay Center KS 67432
Ph:  785-632-5399

Clay County 

Program Director: 

Lisa Daniels

314 Court

Clay Center KS 67432

Ph:  785-632-2195

Cloud County 

803 Valley Street
Concordia, KS 66901

Ph:  785-632-5399

Ottawa County 
Site Director: Erin Nisbeth

612 N. Rothsay
Minneapolis KS 67467
Ph:  785-392-2794

Republic County 
Site Director: Glenda Willis

1813 E. Frontage Road/Hwy 81  Belleville, KS 66935
Ph:  785-527-2300

Washington County 
Site Director: Teresa With

117 W. College Street
Washington KS 66968
Ph:  785-325-2261 ext. 248

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