Head Start



The program is administered by the Office of Head Start through the U.S Department of Health & Human Services  for Children & Families (ACF).

The HS & EHS Program focuses on providing services to primarily low-income families, and children with disabilities. Our programs aim to promote school readiness, parent/family involvement, healthy child development, and healthy family functioning.

Part of the philosophy is that parents are the primary educators of their children. Therefore, HS & EHS provides opportunities for parents to actively involved with their children’s educational experience. Opportunities include classroom/ center activities and events, volunteering, Parent committee, and Policy council.

We also serve families by helping them to set and accomplish goals through Family Partnership Agreements, parent trainings, and making referrals to other community programs.

HS centers (ages 3-5) are located in Agency Village, SD and Waubay, SD. The EHS (ages 0-3) is located in Agency Village, SD.

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Program Information:

Program Manager:

Lennie Bernard-Peters

Service Hours – Head Start:

9:00am – 3:00pm Monday – Friday

Service Hours – Early Head Start:

8am – 4:30pm Monday –  Friday

Eligibility Requirements

Child must be at least 2-months-old to be eligible for EHS and must be 3-years-old by September 1st to be eligible for HS.

Priorities for enrollment include:
  • Low-income families
  • Children with special needs/disabilities
  • Children who have a sibling(s) already enrolled in the HS program

Applications can be picked up at any of our HS centers. All completed applications are returned to the HS in Agency Village, SD.

For more information on applying or about our program in general, contact a Family Service Worker:

Agency Village – HS Family Services: 605-698-3103 ext. 110 or 140 EHS Family Services: 605-698-3103 ext. 112
Enemy Swim – Family Services: 605-947-4404