Our Mission

To advance the physical, mental, economic, and social well-being of children and families through quality, comprehensive services.

Our Vision

We are committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life.

"Building Tomorrow Today"

Latest News!

The Knoxville-Knox County Head Start office and all 6 centers will be closed for winter break from Monday, Dec. 20th - Friday, Dec. 31st, 2021. The office will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3rd, 2022, and classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 4th, 2022.


Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.  At Knoxville-Knox County Head Start, we provide early childhood education for families located throughout Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee. Read more

Head Start (HS)

A comprehensive preschool program for low income children (ages 3-5 years) and their families.

Early HEad Start (EHS)

A comprehensive childcare program for low income infants & toddlers (under 3 years of age), and their families. 

Home Based Learning (EHS)

A family education program where home visitors bring educational, interactive lessons for parents to engage with their children in their home. 

What Our Families Say

Head Start helped to establish a healthy routine and expectations for my son through daily activities. It helped him learn to love school, and is the reason he tested into honors for kindergarten.
Head Start Parent
Head Start has made it possible for me to work and not have to pay for childcare; because of it, not only have I been able to work more, I've been able to advance my career.
Head Start Parent
Head Start provides a stable and safe place for our child, super nice teachers and staff. It prepared her for success going forward and taught her how to be social and share with others. It enhanced the compassion she already had.
Head Start Parent
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