Head Start- Preschool

What is Head Start?

Head Start is a preschool for children 3-4 years old from families who meet income guidelines. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of activities. They also receive free health screenings, have healthy meals and snacks and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.

Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally and physically. Head Start staff recognizes that as parents, you are the first and most important teachers of your children. They will welcome your involvement in Head Start activities and will work as partners with you to help your child progress. Eligibility is up to 100% of the federal poverty level.

Please contact (866) 836-3124 or (641) 494-1891 for more information.

Head Start Administrative Staff

Head Start Program Coordinator:   Melissa Nelson
Assistant Head Start Program Coordinator:   Krisite Parks
Education Specialist:   Kristie Parks
Mental Health/Disabilities Specialist :   Karen Krumwiede
Admissions/Enrollment:   Michelle Skadburg
Health Specialist:   Michelle Skadburg
Nutrition Specialist:   Sue Steimel
Family Partnership:   Paulette Webb
Transportation:   Paulette Webb
Office Manager:   Sheila Ball
Spanish Interpreter:   Carolina Diosdado
Administrative Assistant:   Brandy Choate


Head Start Links and Resources:
Classroom Locations:

Algona Head Start

613 Diagonal Street
Algona, IA 50511
Phone: 515-295-7511
Fax: Same

Bullpup Preschool

114 – 11th Place NE
Hampton, IA 50441
Phone: 641-456-4481
Fax: 641-456-9803

Charles City Head Start

404 N. Jackson
Charles City, IA 50616
Phone: 641-228-4514
Fax: 641-228-4521


Charles City Washington

1406 N Grand
Charles City, IA 50616
Phone: 641-257-6570 ext. 4001
Fax: 641-257-6562

Clarksville Head Start

221 N. Mather
PO Box 66
Clarksville, IA 50619
Phone: 319-278-4213
Fax: same

Clear Lake Head Start

1304 – 4th Ave. S
PO Box 391
Clear Lake, IA 50428
Phone: 641-357-7571
Fax: 641-357-0621


Forest City Head Start

1405 West I Street
Forest City, IA 50436
Phone: 641-585-2670
Fax: 641-585-5903


M.C. Harding Early Childhood Program

(132, 134)
1239 N Rhode Island
PO Box 1627
Mason City, IA 50401
Phone: 641-421-4406
Fax: 641-421-3365

M.C. Hoover Early Childhood Program

(150, 154, 156)
1123 – 8th Street NW
PO Box 1627
Mason City, IA 50401
Phone: 641-421-4408
Fax: 641-421-4530

M.C. Roosevelt Early Childhood Program

313 – 15th Street SE
PO Box 1627
Mason City, IA 50401
Phone: 641-421-4415
Fax: 641-423-5731

Parkersburg Head Start

602 Lincoln
Parkersburg, IA 50665
Phone: 319-346-2446
Fax: 319-346-2255

Rockford Preschool

1460 Hwy 147
PO Box 218
Rockford, IA 50468
Phone: 641-756-3508
Fax: 641-756-2369