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Fremont County Head Start will provide a quality, respectful and accountable environment for children, families, staff and our community through a comprehensive system which promotes healthy relationships leading to lifelong success.

Head Start is a free federally funded center-based preschool for primarily low-income children and their family.  Children ages 3—5 years of age qualify for this program based on income, age, and need.  Children attend Monday—Thursday throughout the “school year”.  Transportation is provided, as well as, breakfast and lunch and a full array of activities to prepare children for school entrance.  Children with special needs or an Individual Education Plan are welcome and additional needed services will be provided for these children, in collaboration with the local school district.  We are a fully inclusive program. 

Head Start is a program based in “family involvement”.  We will offer you a sense of belonging, support services, and a chance to be involved in your child’s early education.  You can take part in a variety of training/activities such as; First Aid CPR, nutrition classes, Family Night events, Family Field Days, parenting classes, GED Preparation classes and much more.  WE WELCOME YOU ANYTIME YOU WANT TO COME TO THE CENTER.

Our Program has a Rating of 4 through the Colorado Shines Rating System, we are NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Accredited, licensed by the state of Colorado, and monitored by the Office of Head Start.  In addition, we are a “Pyramid” Demonstration site in Colorado and all staff are trained in Pyramid strategies which assist with children positive-social development.

We utilize the “Creative Curriculum” and the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment system, both are evidence-based and research supported.  All Teachers have degrees in Early Childhood Education, as well as, numerous hours of additional training in various early childhood facets.



Jo Beth Palmer, Director

Nick Boman, Transportation Manager, Family Service Manager

Jeanne Dohrmann, Enrollment/Behavior Team member, Family Service Manager

Lois Grabowski, Program/Disability Manager, Family Service Manager

Chris Henager, Education/Mental Health Manager, Behavior Team Specialist

Virginia Herrera, Nutrition Manager, Family Service Manager

Violet Ivory, Health Manager, Family Service Manager

Rhonda Webb, Family Engagement Manager, Family Service Manager

Theresa Lincoln, Office Manager

We would like to be able to post our monthly calendar, menu and newsletter in this spot, as well as, any special upcoming events.

National Head Start:
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Colorado Shines:
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Primary Partner

Contact Information: 

1718 Brookside, Canon City, CO  81212

 (719) 275-8636