Apply now for Head Start, Early Head Start programs

As summer rolls into the new school year, Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) announced applications are now being accepted for the Head Start program for the 2023-24 school year and the year-round Early Head Start program. 

Head Start is the only all day free three and four-year-old preschool program in the area that meets five days per week. Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack are served daily at no costs to families. Qualified teachers use the Creative Curriculum to help children learn and provide the academic and social skills to be successful when they reach kindergarten. Free before and after school care may be available for working parents and full-time students. All families with children 3-4 years old by Sept. 15 are encouraged to apply for Head Start. Unique to Head Start, all enrolled families are partnered with a local Family Service Specialist to offer support to families. NEICAC’s Head Start program serves families in Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties. 

Families can apply online at or contact the Family Service Specialist in your county. Call 563-382-8436 with questions.

Early Head Start program

Are you expecting a child and not quite sure what to do? Do you have a new baby or toddler and want someone to talk to for advice? Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation’s Early Head Start (EHS) program can help. EHS is a free in-home parent support visitation program designed for pregnant women and children 0-3 years of age. Staff strive to help parents become the first and most important teacher for the child. A home visitor will bring educational activities to the home and provide resources for parents, help them set goals and answer their questions. EHS home visitors also provide health and nutrition screens, educational experiences including age appropriate activities and referrals. Additionally, our agency provides playgroup experiences and field trips for the whole family. All families in Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties with children ages 0-3 and expectant mothers are encouraged to apply for Early Head Start. 

Apply online at: or contact a local county NEICAC Family Service Specialist. NEICAC provides the support and resources to improve the stability and quality of life for individuals and families with limited resources. Call the Early Head Start Office at 563-539-2502 with questions.

Family Service Outreach Offices

Allamakee: Waukon 563-568-4224 or Postville 563-380-2780 (Spanish available) 

Chickasaw: New Hampton 641-379-8761 

Clayton: Elkader 563-245-2452 or Guttenberg 563-380-3728 

Fayette: West Union 641-379-8761 or Oelwein 319-283-2510 

Howard: Cresco 563-547-4413 

Winneshiek: Decorah 563-387-4958

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