Local Head Start History
Head Start came to Minneapolis and Hennepin County in 1967. The Mobilization of Economic Resources (MOER) Board was granted the funds to run a Head Start program. MOER then delegated the operation of Head Start to the Minneapolis Public Schools.
In June of 1969, the parents on the Head Start Policy Council voted 21-3 to remove the program from the Minneapolis Public Schools, due to lack of parent involvement opportunities.
The parents then formed a non-profit organization called Parents In Community Action, Inc. (PICA), and competed successfully with the Minneapolis Public Schools to become the agency operating the Head Start program. PICA has operated Head Start in Hennepin County ever since.