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Our Mission
Research, Outcomes, & Evaluation
Annual Report 2015/2016
Federal Report July-Dec 2010


Changes in BMI linked to Head Start Participation (1/12/15)

Two Generations Together
(1/26/15)

 


Local Head Start History
Local EHS History

National HS & EHS History

Staff Training & Development Programs
Employment Opportunities

 

About PICA

What is PICA?
Parents In Community Action, Inc. (PICA) is a private, non-profit agency designated by the federal government to operate Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The agency was founded in 1969 by Head Start parents. Today PICA serves nearly 2,500 children and families and offers a variety of programs and services for children and families in addition to Head Start and Early Head Start.

Our Philosophy
Children enter the world ready to learn. PICA’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs help children build on this natural ability. PICA respects each child’s individuality and honors his/her cultural, ethnic, and family heritage. Our child-centered curriculum, the New World Curriculum, focuses on the interests, learning styles, and developmental needs of the individual child and helps each child develop self-esteem, self-help skills, and socialization skills.

Parent involvement is the most important part of Head Start and Early Head Start. At PICA, parents have decision-making power and are involved in all parts of the program.

Leadership

Alyce M. Dillon,
Executive Director

Rico Alexander,
Head Start & Early Head Start Director

Candee Melin,
Director of Child Services

Judith D. Baker,
Director of Parent and Community Relations

Brody Burton,
Director of Facilities

Su Melton,
Director of Finance

Maria Moore,
Director of Human Resources

Awards & Recognition

Program of Excellence, 2016, 2008, 2005, 2001, 1998,
National Head Start Association

 

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