Head Start MICA Grinnell

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Website: https://micaonline.org/

Mission: Head Start gives children ages 3 and 4 the opportunity to grow and learn in a high quality early childhood setting. The program is specifically tailored to meet the educational and social needs of preschool-aged children. In Head Start, children don’t just learn how to count or identify letters (though that’s certainly an important part of the curriculum). Many people don’t know that our preschool experience also includes health services and screenings, teaches good nutrition and social skills, supports parents and promotes physical activity so children improve their motor skills. It is a safe learning environment where children are encouraged to explore their world and learn the essential skills they will need to succeed later in life.

Location: Grinnell (0.5 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: We are looking for people to interact with the children. Activities would include reading, playing games, and doing activities with the children.   We do believe positive relationships with the children are important for the children’s growth and development.



  • One-time events:
  • Ongoing: Yes
  • Groups possible? No groups

When is service needed: The classroom is closed during the summer months.

Number of hours: Flexible hours, as much or as little as possible.


  • In-person: yes
  • Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: no
  • Fully virtual possible: no


Prerequisites: Security process includes being fingerprinted.

Background check required: yes


Training supplied: We do have a volunteer’s training. The amount of training depends on how many hours they are wanting to work

Equipment or logistics supplied: Mica does provide most items needed.


How to apply: Apply through the website: https://www.micaonline.org/volunteer

Contact: Sara Paar,  spaar@micaonline.org


Operation information: MICA has Head Start locations in Grinnell, Iowa Falls, Marshalltown, Nevada, and Tama. Head Start offers half-day and full-day classes with availability depending on the community.

Mailing address: 609 4th Ave, Grinnell

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