Head Start/Early Head Start

The Head Start/Early Head Start program provides services in Blount, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Monroe, Sevier and Union Counties in the southern portion of East Tennessee. DCEA HS/EHS comprehensive services are greatly needed in the very rural areas that are served. Early Head Start services are provided in one county, Hamblen. 


The program has an ongoing funded enrollment of 892 pre-school slots and 72 infant, toddler and pregnant mommy slots. This is a total of 964 slots. The program operates out of 60 classrooms in 40 facilities. The program is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services and governed by the Office of Head Start. Head Start services are free. Low-income children and families are recruited for the program on a yearly basis and ongoing during the program year. Three services options are provided: part-day/part-year, full-day/school year and full-day/full year. 


The HS/EHS program partners with parents to ensure they have the needed tools to help prepare their children for public school and beyond. Children receive comprehensive services including: health, dental, nutritional and mental health screening and follow-up, classroom educational services and in some centers, transportation is provided. 


For more information, please visit dceaheadstart.org.  

Head Start_ Dr. Croom Delta Douglas Cherokee

Head Start_ Dr. Croom Delta Douglas Cherokee

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