Prairie Five Head Start

422 5th Avenue, Suite 307
PO Box 166
Madison, Minnesota 56256
Phone: 800-443-4283 or 320-598-3118


Our mission is to strive together to foster strong healthy children and their families and to promote staff excellence through dynamic programming.


Head Start is a state & federally funded program for young children ages three to five. The program offers comprehensive services to low-income children and families. Head Start has been federally supported in Minnesota since 1965. State funds also support the Head Start program.

Head Start Program Philosophy

Our program philosophy is as follows:

The potential for learning is greatest during early years of a child's life, therefore, every possible learning opportunity should be provided to children at the earliest possible age. The basic responsibility for early education is in the home.

The early education learning environment, whether in the home or in a school, should provide a rich variety of activities that will foster physical mental, emotional, and social development.

Activities should include both individual and group learning experiences using a variety of concrete experiences. Each child's growth level should be the basis for the extension of his/her learning.