Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage.

Head Start Mission

The mission of the Head Start program is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children through the provision of health, education, nutrition, social and other services that are determined necessary based on family needs assessments.

Early Head Start Mission

The mission of the Early Head Start program is to promote healthy pregnancies, enhance the development of children ages birth to three, and support their families.  Early Head Start incorporates current research and best practice in providing services to low-income young children and their families.  The program services include:  quality early education; parenting education; comprehensive health and mental health services, including services to women before, during, and after pregnancy; nutrition education and family support services.

Education and Early Childhood Development

Our philosophy of education is to meet the child or family at the point of their development and facilitate strategies to build on their goals to reach the next level.  Young children of all ages birth through 5 years, learn best and most naturally when they...


Family involvement is the foundation of our program

Since 1965 Head Start has touched the lives of over 20 million children and their families across the nation.  Head Start is widely acknowledged as a world class leader in laying the foundation for school readiness, future educational achievement...


Services for Children with Disabilities

Our enrollment must show that children with disabilities are 10% of the total enrollment in both programs.  We intentionally recruit children with any disability through our flyers and all recruitment efforts.  Once a child is enrolled in the program, the...


 Child Health and Developmental Services

Head Start’s commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families and staff. Our objective is to ensure that, through collaboration among families, staff, and health professionals, all child health and developmental...


Philosophy of Mental Wellness and Mental Health

Badlands Head Start: Prenatal to Five embraces a vision of mental wellness. The objective is to build collaborative relationships among children, families, staff, mental health professionals and the larger community in order to enhance awareness and...


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This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

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