Head Start


Improving the well-being of 2,400+ infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families

Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. Mid-America Regional Council is the lead grantee for the Head Start program in Clay, Platte and Jackson counites, providing federally funded, comprehensive early learning services to qualifying families in these areas. This program is funded by federal, state and private grants, as well as local contributions.

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MARC Head Start Website

A dedicated MARC Head Start website is available to better serve the needs of MARC Head Start families and providers. Visit MARCHeadStart.org for more information on services provided, locations, enrollment, our providers, policies and procedures, training and how to get involved.  

About MARC Head Start

MARC Head Start was named the Clay, Platte and Jackson county grantee by the Administration for Children and Families in 2005.  MARC contracts with partner school districts, community-based programs, and support agencies to provide direct services to approximately 2,400 infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.   

This service delivery model creates a MARC Head Start Network that provides comprehensive, high-quality birth-through-five early education services that facilitate healthy development including physical and social/emotional development and prepare children for school success. 


MARC Head Start has two governance bodies that work together to make recommendations to MARC’s Board of Directors.