Head Start is a child and family development program for income-eligible households in Itasca and Koochiching Counties. The program is designed to help young children, aged birth to five, and their families achieve their full potential. The Head Start program literally gives children a head start on their journey of lifelong learning. The program also gives families the chance to work on goal setting to help them move out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.

End of the Year Survey

KOOTASCA Housing Programs
Visit the above website to find descriptions and contact information for several housing programs through KOOTASCA Community Action.

IASC Community Education
Community Education is a unique concept that embraces the belief that education is a lifelong process and everyone in the community shares the responsibility for the mission of educating all members of the community.

Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota
The Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota provides a strong and effective voice for children who cannot speak or vote for themselves. CDF-Minnesota provides services such as research, publications, education, advocacy, and outreach to engage, mobilize, and motivate Minnesotans to consider the well-being of children in all private and public decision-making so that no child is left behind.

The Northland Foundation
Created in 1986 by the McKnight Foundation, the Northland Foundation is a regional foundation serving the communities of northeastern Minnesota.

This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the healthy development of babies and young children.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are looking for 3-4 year olds! Please remember to call for an Early Childhood Screening appointment when your child turns 3. Screening is not an intelligence test. We screen early because:

  • All children must be screened once before kindergarten entrance or participation in an Early Childhood program.
  • Screening is free, it’s fun, and it’s a great opportunity for you to see your child’s total growth.
  • If potential problems are identified, your child will receive appropriate follow-up or be connected with resources in the school and community.
  • We can refer your child to Preschools and Early Childhood opportunities. Your child will automatically be enrolled in a school district at the time of screening.
  • A screening includes:
    • Height/Weight
    • Vision/Hearing
    • General development
    • Health history
    • Immunization review

Call your school district today to schedule an Early Childhood Screening appointment:
ISD 316 Greenway: (218) 245-6237
ISD 317 Deer River: (218) 246-8860, ext 60412
ISD 318 Grand Rapids: (218) 327-5572
ISD 319 Nashwauk-Keewatin: (218) 885-1280, ext 51154

Playing Outside
  • Students and staff will go outside each day unless the outside temperature is below zero, or the wind chill is below zero (staff will use discretion).


School Cancellation
  • If your district closes, your site will NOT be open!
  • The following classrooms will follow all school district snow day closings.
    • Invest Early Infant/Toddler classrooms and Early Head Start classroom.
    • All Preschool classrooms with Head Start, Invest Early & School Readiness.
    • Extended Day classrooms.
  • Please listen to your local TV or Radio for any announcements.  This happens on rare occasions during the school year, but please have alternate plans made for your child especially those in Extended Day.


2 Hours Late
  • When school is 2 hours late, we will also run 2 hours late:
    • Bussing (where provided) – expect the bus approximately 2 hours later (with a little give-and-take for bad roads!) from your normal time.
    • Classes – will begin at 10:30 a.m.
    • Extended Day – will begin at 8:00 a.m.


Early Closings
  • If school is closed early due to severe weather:
    • Children will be bussed home (if a current bus student) or picked up by parents as noted on their emergency form.
    • Please confirm with your child’s teacher what arrangements you have made.
    • Extended Day will remain open until 6:00 p.m. for those already enrolled.

Invest Early is a collaborative between four Itasca area school districts for
Breakfast & Lunch Menus and school Calendars please use links below

King School

Bigfork School



Marble School



Keewatin School

Welcome to our Early Childhood Programs. Our Parent Handbook outlines concise policies and procedures related to early childhood programming.
2022-2023 Parent Handbook