Invest Early
Invest Early
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Our goal is to partner with families and early childhood programs
in order to provide the best possible start for all children.

Invest Early's Mission:
  "To deliver comprehensive wrap-around services to children and their
  families while evaluating the long term impact of the investment."

Core Services
  •  Infant/toddler classrooms
  •  Preschool classrooms
  •  Parent Education
  •  Health Services

Families choose from a menu of additional services based on needs or
  •  Adult Basic Education
  •  Transportation
  •  Extended day childcare available 5 days/week for 12 months/year
  •  Family Development
  •  Mental Health Support

Four Sites Throughout Itasca County
  •  Deer River
  •  Grand Rapids
  •  Greenway
  •  Nashwauk/Keewatin

How to apply:
  •  Since we collaborate with Head Start and School Readiness, we have one
     common application for you to complete.
  •  Applications are available at our Early Childhood Centers, Kootasca Head Start,
     or online at

Our Early Childhood education classes provide:
  •  Licensed instructors and child care providers
  •  A safe, stimulating learning environment
  •  A chance to play, have fun, and learn from hands-on activities
  •  Developmentally appropriate activities
  •  Healthy meals and snacks
  •  An individual learning plan for your child

INVEST EARLY works in partnership with Itasca Community College and Mayville State University to enable all interested in working in early childhood to pursue a career ladder of training that will result in Early Childhood teacher licensure.

INVEST EARLY is a collaborative between four Itasca area school districts, KOOTASCA Head Start, Itasca County Human Services/Public Health, Mayville State University, and Itasca Community College. The Blandin Foundation has made a financial commitment to support this innovative, promising Early Childhood initiative.

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