Apply for Head Start
West River Head Start
Apply for Head Start
Submit an Application
First step is to complete an application and turn it into our office.
When you turn in your child's application, we will 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
2019 Head Start Income Guidelines
for 48 Contiguous States and DC
# of People
100% Poverty Guidelines
130% Poverty Guidelines
More than 8 persons
Add $4,420 for each additional person
Add $5,746 for each additional person
Source (January 11, 2019) https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
What time and days do children attend?
Children attend Monday through Thursday. Hours vary according to the needs of the community.
Mandan hours are 8AM to 2PM. 17 slots go until 3PM.
Carson hours are 8AM to 4 PM.
Hazen hours are 8AM to 2 PM.
New Salem hours are 8 AM to 4 PM.
Is transportation available?
Transportation is not available in Mandan. Limited transportation is available in Carson, Hazen and New Salem. Please call for more details.
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, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year
July 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year
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