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Physical Address:
N733 Headstart Road
Keshena, WI 54135

Mailing Address:
PO Box 910
Keshena, WI 54135

Title: Early Childhood Services Administrator

Name: Meah Hesse

Tel: (715) 799-3384

Fax: (715) 799-5054
Early Childhood Services

Early Childhood Services provides early education services and a host of other services to children and families living on the Menominee Reservation and surrounding areas. The program is in a continual stage of improvement as we strive to provide the best possible services and resources to our youngest community members and their families. Early Childhood Services does not provide these services alone and relies on community partnerships with many Tribal and non-Tribal agencies in efforts to give children a comprehensive early education experience that focuses on the whole child and their family. The programs located within our department are Head Start, Early Head Start, Day Care and Pregnant Mothers.

Learn some Menominee Language here!

The Menominee Nation Early Childhood Services-Head Start/Early Head Start believes that a child can benefit from a comprehensive Early Childhood program that promotes healthy development through Head Start/Early Head Start staff, parents and the community. By working together, we can develop a child's abilities to their greatest potential so that each child may show confidence in their abilities to go forward in pursuit of a full and successful life.

1. Dolores K. Boyd Center
Telephone: 715-799-3384
Fax: 715-799-5054
Located at:
N773 Head Start Road
Keshena, WI 54135

2. Wapatam Head Start Center
Telephone: 715-756-2667
Located at:
W6817 Church Street
Neopit, WI 54150
Note: Center is located within the Menominee Tribal School.

Service Area: The program may only serve children in its service area which includes Menominee Indian Reservation/County and surrounding communities which include the city of Shawano, Gresham, Cecil and Middle Village. There may be instances where the program can serve children in areas outside this service area pending approval of Head Start programs in that area and the Office of Head Start.

Ages Served: Six weeks through five years of age and expectant mothers

Eligibility: While Head Start is designed to serve low-income children and families, the Head Start Performance Standards allow Tribal programs to serve up to 49% over-income children and families. MECS ensures that children who are from low-income families and children with disabilities receive priority in enrollment as per federal regulations.

Funded Enrollment: 179 Head Start children (ages 3-5)
52 Early Head Start children (age six weeks to three years)
9 Pregnant Mothers (pre-natal and post-natal services for expectant mothers)

Hours of Operation: 7:45 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday

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Pay Day Care Online

The Early Childhood Services-Day care mission is to help children develop positive self-images while growing physically, emotionally and intellectually in a positive direction. The purpose of Early Childhood Services-Day Care is to provide early education/child care services in a center-based setting for children six weeks through 12 years of age.

Center Director: Candy Mahkimetas

Telephone: 715-799-5202
Fax: 715-799-3492
Located at:
N774 Weso Apartment Road
Keshena, WI 54135

Service Area: There is no designated service area where children and families must reside in order to receive services.

Ages Served: Six weeks through 12 years of age.

Eligibility: There are no specific eligibility requirements to receive services. However, in order to receive a subsidy there are certain requirements that must be met as determined by the funding source. The two subsidy programs available to Day Care clients are the Wisconsin Shares Program and Child Care Development Funds Grant.

Hours of Operation: Center hours of operation are 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. A child may be at the center for a maximum of 9 hours each day.

Menominee Language Audio/Video Content

Menominee Language Audio/Video Clips
Thanks to a grant we received by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, our Menominee Language and Culture Teacher, Mr. John Teller was able to create audio and video clips of words, phrases and short conversations done in the our beautiful Menominee language. Many of these words and phrases are taught by Mr. Teller to the classroom teachers who in turn use it with the children on a daily basis within all of our Early Childhood Services classrooms. Mr. Teller also does weekly direct classroom instruction to the children in all classrooms within our program.

Keep checking back to the above link as more content will be added as it is created.

Storytelling link
Storytelling link2

Due to Covid and social distancing restrictions, we are not able to hold our annual Storytelling event in person this year. Fortunately, our Menominee Language and Culture Teacher, Mr. John Teller was able to create a video of a few of our Menominee Stories for our children and families. In order to receive our incentive, any Early Childhood Family can view the video and answer a short three questions survey. The survey's and gift cards will be located at all three centers; DKB, Daycare and Wapatam.

We would like to thank Karen Washinawatok, Ronald Corn Jr and John Teller Sr for making this event possible this year!! Waewaenen!

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