Promoting school readiness of children birth to age five


Promoting school readiness of children birth to age five

Early Head Start-Home Visiting Services for pregnant women and families with children 0-3 years old

Head Start & Child Development - Classrooms for 3 and 4 year old children.


Are you pregnant? Do you have a new baby or a child under age 3? Do you have parenting questions or want to meet other parents with young children? Would you like someone to come right to your home and share resources with you? Maybe Early Head Start is for you!

Download an Early Head Start brochure below.

Home Visitors provide home based services to families in Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette & Winneshiek counties

The primary focus is to help the parent be their child’s 1st and most important teacher and improve their parenting skills using the home as a learning environment.

The main curriculum that is used is Parents as Teachers

At home visits, the home visitor covers developmental areas such as large & fine motor, language, cognitive, etc.  Nutrition, health and dental are also required.  Staff make sure that children are up to date on their well-baby checks and encourage the children to have dental exams after 1 year of age

Socialization or Playgroup experiences are held 2 times a month at various locations. Families are invited to attend each socialization, share a meal and participate together in activities

Opportunities to serve on Policy Council

Home visitors work in conjunction with other agencies that may also be working with the family

Home Visitors can help transport children/families to medical, dental appointments if needed

Assist families in transitioning their children to Head Start or other preschool programs when the child turns 3 years old

Income guidelines do apply


Is your child 3 or 4 years old? Would you like them to attend a FREE, all day preschool? The Head Start classrooms are the place to be! Download an Early Head Start brochure below.

Preschool for 3 & 4 year old children- Full Day, Full Week Program

15 classrooms located in the 7 county service area, including the towns of Cresco, Decorah, Guttenberg, Monona, New Hampton, Oelwein (3), Postville (3), Waukon (2), Waverly, and West Union

Extended Day Services available for parents who qualify

Children participate in a variety of activities to promote motor, language, social/emotional and cognitive skills, literacy, science and math. Teachers use Creative Curriculum to develop these activities and lessons

Health, vision and dental screenings

All classrooms provide an inclusive environment for children with disabilities

Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack provided daily through the CACFP program

PBIS (Positive Intervention Behavior & Supports) is used to ensure children are cared for in a safe, positive and nurturing environment

Partner with Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness to help children and families learn about healthy, local foods

Work in conjunction with other agencies serving the family

Opportunities to be a part of the parent group or serve on Policy Council

Transportation is available at some locations through local school districts or local transit providers

Parents & Healthcare Providers- Download required forms here.



Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) is a 501(c)3 private non-profit operating in NE Iowa. Charitable donations from individuals, businesses, school⁄church groups, made to NEICAC are always needed and may have a tax benefit to the donor.Individuals and families in your community struggle every day to provide basic needs such as food, shelter and utilities. Your contribution to NEICAC can make the difference to provide a hand-up to self-sufficiency.

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Agency Appreciations

"Thank you for your fabulous work with the Decorah community & surrounding areas. All of you truly embody the spirit of hope & change people's lives to not only help themselves but to encourage & help those around them. At a time when our country needs love & compassion, you & your staff deserve a well-deserved BRAVO." 

Rachel Buresh

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Embrace Iowa

"Embrace Iowa helped our family be getting us a stove. The stove we had was hazardous. When we would cook on it, it would stink the whole house up. Also, it leaked underneath the stove. That stove was so small that my two year old son could see inside the pan without standing on anything. Now, with our new stove we can cook without smelling anything or without cleaning up a leaky mess. Thanks so much for our new stove. We really appreciated it."

Fayette County Resident



"Cheryl & Denise. Happy CACFP Week. You both are: Courageous & Calm as a Cucumber. Astounding & Accessible & Able. Cheerful & Capable. Fascinating & we are Fortunate to have you !! Positive & Peppy. Thanks for All you do!!"