Established in 1969, Parents In Community Action, Inc. (PICA) is the federally designated Head Start grantee for Hennepin County. PICA supports the Head Start philosophy that parents are the primary educators of their children, and involves parents in all aspects of program design, operation and administration.
It is PICAs mission to:
- Provide comprehensive early childhood and family development services that empower children and families to reach their full potential
- Support parents and their communities in defining their needs and programs
- Promote community change that values children and their families; and
- Develop partnerships with parents and the public, private and corporate sectors to assist in achieving our goal of healthy, happy, productive children and families.
To carry out this mission, PICA offers six separate Head Start program options, Early Head Start and several programs, all based on the Head Start model, to serve low-income infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.