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A unique comprehensive early childhood education program offered in Northeast TN, Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children (ages 3-5) through agencies in their local community. 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. Head Start services include: early learning, health, and well-being. Our children receive a safe and comprehensive education from qualified and passionate staff while also receiving healthy meals and health screenings throughout the school year.

Enroll Anytime

Head Start accepts applications year-round. However, spots fill up quickly


Available for Everyone

Enrollment opportunities are available for children with disabilities

Program Access

Parents receive access to other agency programs to assist families

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Head Start. Fill out this form to begin the application process. Please make sure your contact information is accurate so that a Family Engagement Specialist can contact you soon to finalize the application process.

Please note the application is NOT complete until you speak/meet with a Family Engagement Specialist to finalize your child’s enrollment”

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The Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

CACFP is a federally funded program that provides reimbursement for eligible meals that are served to participants who meet age and income requirements. Administrative payments are also provided for those agencies that sponsor the participation of day care homes. All payments are based on annual rates established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.

Research shows that well-nourished children are healthier, more attentive, and have better mental performance than children who are under-nourished. Findings also indicate that children served by CACFP eat healthier than children who bring food from home. The CACFP helps facilities implement “best practices” to ensure children have access to a variety of nutritious foods.

Find out more by contacting the Head Start office.