Apply for Head Start
West River Head Start
Apply for Head Start
If your child is currently enrolled and will be returning in the fall, you DO NOT need to do anything. Watch for the packet of paperwork that will be sent home on May 1st!
Do you have another child that needs to apply for Head Start? There is no need to complete the full application if you have had a child enrolled in the past, currently have a child enrolled or even if you have turned in an application and was not able to get in. Simply click on the location you would like your child to attend and complete the form. Staff responsible for enrollment at that location will contact you.
Are you interested in your child attending West River Head Start? APPLY TODAY!
Our Head Start program is funded for 118 children from age three to five. Eligible criteria include: families with incomes below the poverty guidelines, children from homeless families, families receiving TANF or SSI, and foster children. A limited number of children from families over the poverty guidelines may be served once all eligible children have been enrolled.
When you turn in your child's application, we need the following documentation:
Proof of income (pay stubs, tax return, SSI, TANF, child support)
NOTE: The forms below only need to be completed if they apply to your situation.
Form: "Homeless Verification"
Form: "Eligibility Document for Families with Zero Income"
Medicaid or health insurance information
2021 Head Start Income Guidelines
for 48 Contiguous States and DC
# of People
100% Poverty Guidelines
130% Poverty Guidelines
More than 8 persons
Add $4,540 for each additional person
Add $5,902 for each additional person
Source (January 15, 2021) https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
What time and days do children attend?
Children attend Monday through Thursday. Hours vary by site according to the needs of the community.
Is transportation available?
Transportation is not available in Mandan. Limited transportation is available in Carson, Hazen and New Salem. Please call for more details.
Who is considered family?
Family means all persons living in the same household who are supported by the child’s parent(s)’ or guardian(s)’ income; and are related to the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) by blood, marriage, or adoption; or are the child’s authorized caregiver or legally responsible party.
My child turns 3 during the school year. Can I apply when he/she turns 3?
Yes, you can apply for your child to attend when he/she turns 3...even in the middle of the school year.
How old can my child be to enroll at Head Start?
We serve ages 3 to 5. Once your child is old enough for kindergarten, we can no longer enroll him/her in Head Start. In North Dakota your child is eligible for kindergarten if your child will be 5 by...
July 31, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year
July 31, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year
July 31, 2023 for the 2023-2024 school year
July 31, 2024 for the 2024-2025 school year
How can I get a copy of my child's birth certificate?
If the child was born in North Dakota, contact
ND Vital Records
How can I get a copy of my child's immunization record?
Call your child's physician or request your child's immunization record online at
ND Department of Health Immunization Request Page
Our family is over the income limit. Can I pay for my child to attend Head Start?
Families who are within the income guidelines are given priority. If slots are available after serving the families in the eligible categories, we may enroll a limited number of children who are over the income limit. We do not charge any family for Head Start services.
Will my child need a physical and dental exam?
Yes, only when the child has been accepted into Head Start. If your child has seen a doctor or dentist in the last 12 months, the doctor or dentist can complete our form to meet this requirement.
Well Child Exam