Mission Statement

The mission of the Northeast South Dakota Head Start program is to provide assistance through education, training, awareness and support to enable Head Start children and families to identify and remove obstacles that keep them from attaining their fullest potential as self-assured, self-sufficient individuals and families.


History of NESDHS

1987: The Northeast South Dakota Head Start Program, Inc. applied for and was selected as the Agency with legal and financial responsibility to provide Head Start services for 250 children in 10 counties.

1991: The Program expanded to serve 315 children by adding Campbell, Potter and Walworth Counties.  Initially, Home Base Head Start was the option in the new area.

1993 – current: A cooperative venture between Head Start and the Wilmot Public School System provided a Head Start Pre-school for all 3 and 4 year old children in the School District.  This expansion brought funded enrollment to 355 children.

1996 – current: The Mobridge Public School provided a classroom for Center base Head Start services in Mobridge.

2001: The most recent  program expansion; a third classroom was added in Aberdeen and funded enrollment was brought to the current 380 children.

2012: The Aberdeen Center moved from downtown Aberdeen to a combined location with management staff at the K.O. Lee Building.