NEICAC offices accepting applications for Head Start and Early Head Start programs

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) is accepting applications for the Head Start program for the 2023-2024 school year and the year-round Early Head Start program. Head Start is an all-day free three- and four-year-old preschool program that meets five days per week and serves breakfast, lunch and snacks daily at no cost 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 three to four years old by September 15 are encouraged to apply for Head Start.

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 their local county. For more information, call 563-382-8436.

For anyone who is expecting a child and is not quite sure what to do, or who has a new baby or toddler and wants 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 who are newborn to three years of age.

All families in Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties with children age infant to three years old, as well as expectant mothers, are encouraged to apply for Early Head Start. They can apply online at or contact the 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.

For more information, call the Early Head Start Office at 563-539-2502, or more locally in Allamakee County call the Family Service Outreach Office in Waukon, at 563-568-4224, or in Postville, at 563-380-2780.