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Head Start


Enhancing Child Development

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.

Head Start is built upon the understanding that the development of young children is deeply influenced by their family, by their community, by their physical and mental health, as well as by the educational experiences to which they are exposed.

The 1975 Head Start Program Performance Standards define high-quality services in early childhood education, parent involvement, social services and health. These standards have been the foundation of Head Start, and they have served as a model for state and local early childhood initiatives, including the state of Tennessee’s Pre-K program.

Founded by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Head Start works with 3- and 4-year-old at-risk children to prepare them for entering kindergarten. The agency covers eight counties in Northeast Tennessee. Head Start and its delegate agencies serve more than 1,000 children and their families.

The Full Day/Full Year program is specifically designed for working parents. This enables parents to work toward self-sufficiency while relaxing in the knowledge that their child is in a program that offers much more than just day care.

Children must meet the eligibility requirements of the federal income guidelines and possess one of three childcare certificates. In the event there are not enough 4-year-old children, applications will be accepted on 3-year-olds. If applicants do not qualify for the Full Day/Full Year Program, they may qualify for the Part-Day Program. Check with the Family Resource Specialist in your area for more details. The Head Start program also provides services to 3- and 4-year-old children with special needs. Space is limited.

 

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Tell Me More


Click HERE to view our latest Annual Report

Click HERE to view our Policy Council Members 2014-2015

Click HERE to view our Community Assessment

Click HERE to view our Child Outcomes Analysis

Click HERE to view our School Readiness Goals


Child Enrollment


We have Head Start classrooms in 8 counties in Upper East Tennessee: Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington. Please contact us at the number below to enroll your child. Please don’t delay; availability is limited.

If you are interested in enrolling your three or four year old child in one of our Free Head Start classrooms, please click HERE to have more information emailed to you.

Main Office Contact

  • Address

    301 Louis Street Kingsport, TN 37662

  • Phone

    (423) 246-6180

  • Working Time

    Monday – Friday 08:00am – 4:30pm

 

Head Start Locations


GREENE COUNTY

Baileyton (modular) (1) Pre-K

6535 Horton Hwy., Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 234-2753 
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East View (1) Pre-K
454 E. Bernard Ave., Greeneville, TN 37745 
Phone: 638-6351
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Greeneville Technology Center (GTC) (1)
1121 Hal Henard Road
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 638-9340
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Hal Henard (1)
425 E. Vann Road, Greeneville, TN 37743 
Phone: 636-8511
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(1) Pre-K
8120 McDonald Road, Mohawk, TN 37810 
Phone: 235-9077
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Nolichucky (1)
565 Nolichucky Road, Greeneville, TN 37743 
Phone: 798-9455
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Tusculum View (1)
1725 Lafayette St., Greeneville, TN 37745 
Phone: 787-0007
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HANCOCK COUNTY

Sneedville (modular) (1)

216 Harrison St., Sneedville, TN 37869
Phone: 733-8132
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SULLIVAN COUNTY

Bluff City (modular) (1)

284 Maple Drive
Bluff City, TN 37618
Phone: 538-5580
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V.O. Dobbins (8)
301 Louis Street
Kingsport, TN 37662
Phone: 246-6180
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Florida Avenue (2)
703 Florida Avenue
Bristol, TN 37620
Phone: 764-7365
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Girls Inc. (1)
1100 Girls Place
P.O. Box 981
Kingsport, TN 37662
Phone: 245-8801
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Sullivan (1)
209 Rosemont Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
Phone: 349-6096
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Weaver (modular) (1)
3341 Weaver Pike
Bristol, TN 37620
Phone: 844-0038
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DELEGATE ACENCIES (2)

Carter County Website
1008 Stateline Road
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Phone: 547-4006
Fax: 547-4040
Email: mikemiller@k12tn.net
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JOHNSON COUNTY (8)
Johnson County Head Start Website
211 North Church Street
Mountain City, TN 37693
Phone: 727-2640
Fax: 727-2663
Email: murrayl64@hotmail.com
Murray1@k12tn.net
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Camp Creek (1) Pre-K
2941 Camp Creek Road, Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 638-4034
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Chuckey Elementary (1) Pre-K
1605 Chuckey Highway, Chuckey, TN 37641
Phone: 257-3790
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George Clem (1)
310 Floral St., Greeneville, TN 37744
Phone: 639-3031
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Highland (1) Pre-K
208 N. Highland Ave., Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 638-3341
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Mosheim (2)
229 W. School St., Mosheim, TN 37818
Phone: 422-9072
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Ottway (1) Pre-K
2705 Ottway Road, Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 234-0580
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West Pines (modular) (1) Blended Pre-K
3500 W. Pines Road, Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 234-6881
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Hawkins County

Fugate Hill (modular) (2)
400 Fugate St., Rogersville, TN 37857
Phone: 272-6325
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Surgoinsville (4)
3327 Highway 11W, Surgoinsville, TN 37873
Phone: 345-3527
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WASHINGTON COUNTY

Boones Creek (1)
348 Christian Church Road
Gray, TN 37615
Phone: 282-3089
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Carver (1)
500 Washington Street
Johnson City, TN 37601
Phone: 929-9883
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Children First (2) (1 Full-day/Full-year)
837 Pardee Street
Johnson City, TN 37605
Phone: 926-7716
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Grandview (1)
2891 Highway 11E
Telford, TN 37690
Phone: 257-9974
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Harmony (modular) (1)
1019 Painter Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
Phone: 348-5113
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Lake Terrace (2)
2450 Mint Hill Road
Johnson City, TN 37601
Phone: 282-8160
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Pinecrest (1)
500 Angel Place
Johnson City, TN 37601
Phone: 929-1781
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Persimmon Ridge (2)
1521 Persimmon Ridge Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
Phone: 753-2812
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UNICOI COUNTY

Unicoi County/Erwin (3)
435 North Main Avenue
Erwin, TN 37650
Phone: 743-0994
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Volunteer


If you would like to Volunteer for Head Start, please fill out application here HERE and email to Leah Arthur.

Find out more by contacting your Neighborhood Service Center


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Recruit Me


If you are interested in enrolling your three or four year old child in one of our Free Head Start classrooms, please click HERE to have more information emailed to you.

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Education Support

The Education Support program is designed to provide financial aid for low-income individuals wanting to return to school or continue their education to include Dual Enrollment of high school students at a college/university, vocation/technical school or trade/professional program.

Services Include:

  • Testing fees
  • Scholarship: To assist with books, lab fees, uniforms, etc.
  • Transportation
  • State Exam Fees

 

Find out more by contacting your Neighborhood Service Center