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Federally-funded head start programs help prepare young children from low-income families, ages birth to five years old, and their parents for the social and educational challenges that young children face as they develop. Each head start program focuses on providing comprehensive services designed to enhance a child's emotional, social, cultural, language, reading, mathematics, science, health and nutrition education.

This head start center locator page contains links to listings of programs offered in the 95 counties in the state of Tennessee. Each listings page contains the name, address and contact information for a specific county's available centers. From that page, use additional links to explore individual center facts, application instructions and directions.

Our head start center locator features the number of head start centers per county in parentheses ( ) to the right of the county names. To see a current list of your county's head start centers, click your county's name.

Tennessee Head Start Program Centers Listed by Counties

Recently Updated Center in Tennessee Head Start Program Database:

Community Action Services of Morgan County
Wartburg TN 37887-4205
The Head Start Program is based on the premise that all children share certain needs, and that most children of low-income families, in particular, can benefit from a comprehensive developmental program to meet those needs. The Head Start Program approach is based on the philosophy that The program is designed to maximize the strengths and unique experiences of each child. The family, which is perceived as the principal influence on the child's development, is encouraged to be a direct participant in the program. Mission Statement Head Start's mission is to provide quality comprehensive services to income eligible preschool children to enhance their readiness for school, family involvement in education, self-sufficiency, and parent education is also emphasized. A child can benefit most from a comprehensive inter-disciplinary program to foster development and remedy problems as expressed in a broad range of services; and that The child's entire family, as well as the community, must be involved.
Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority
Morristown TN 37814-4701
It is a Federal program for preschool children from low-income families. The Head Start program is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the United States. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing outdoors in a safe setting. Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disibilities. The program serves 3 and 4 year old children who meet the Federal income guidelines
Family Resource Agency, Inc.
Cleveland TN 37323-5721
Head startThis program is for children ages 3 to 5. It is a comprehensive child development program which is child focused and has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.
L.B.J.& C. Head Start
Cookeville TN 38501-2006
All children need individualized, developmentally appropriate stimulation at every stage of growth if they are to have a chance of achieving their full educational potential. Children who fall significantly behind in language, and cognitive ability in early childhood are likely to remain behind for the rest of their lives. The main goal of the education unit of the L.B.J. & C. Head Start Program is to provide a child development program that will help children gain the social competence, developmental skills, and confidence necessary to be prepared to succeed in their present environment and with later responsibilities in school and life.
Metropolitan Action Commission
Nashville TN 37201-1083
The Metropolitan Action Commission Head Start Program of Nashville provides free pre-school education for income-eligible children ages 3-5 years old. There are 7 Head Start Centers and 3 partner sites throughout Nashville. This program is funded to serve 1,485 children, making it the largest provider of early childhood education in Davidson County.
Mid-Cumberland Head Start
Murfreesboro TN 37130
Mid-Cumberland C.A.A. Head Start/EHSProviding compreshensive child and family development services in Middle Tennessee since 1970 Welcome to Mid-Cumberland Head Start and Early Head Start Childhood Development Services – Fun and Learning in a Safe Positive Environment. Mid-Cumberland Head Start has provided quality childcare in Middle Tennessee since 1970. Our caring staff all have degrees, certifications or long term experience related to child development and are involved in ongoing training including 80 clock hours of child development training each year. All Mid-Cumberland Head Start Centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and all sites are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. All of our centers have the highest rating issued by the state regulatory agency of 3-STAR indicating the best quality. We are active members of the Regional and the Tennessee Head Start Association.
Kingston TN 37763
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in the following domains; language and literacy, cognition and general knowledge, physical development and health, social and emotional development and approaches to learning.
Northwest Tennessee Head Start
McKenzie TN 38201-1970
Northwest Tennessee Head Start/Early Head Start continued to serve children and families in thirteen counties that lie in the three Development Districts of West Tennessee.The program employed 66 teachers and 71 assistant teachers who engaged 1,410 Head Start children in well-planned, developmentally appropriate learning experiences at 26 centers and 3 home-based sites. A total of 19 Early Head Start teachers and 13 assistant teachers offered high-level care and services to 137 infants, toddlers, and pregnant women.
Sequatchie Valley Planning and Development Agency
South Pittsburg TN 37380-1752
Head Start provides, quite simply, the best way to get your child ready for school. That's because ... at Head Start, your child will learn many language skills that help them talk about their ideas and feelings and about the world around them. They develop early reading skills and writing skills that stay with them the rest of their lives. They also learn fundamental math skills so they can recognize patterns — as well as sort and count things. This leads directly to basic math, like adding and subtracting. Children also develop basic science skills so they can explore and organize the world around them
Porter Leath Douglass Head Start
Memphis TN 38107-2516
Shelby County Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that serves preschool children ages 3-5 and their families. The program promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services to enrolled children and families.