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

Extension of the Pandemic SNAP Application Deadline: August 14, 2020

The Pandemic EBT provides additional money for food to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents who already receive SNAP or TANF benefits currently do not need to apply. The funds began arriving on the EBT card you already use beginning June 12. Parents who do not receive SNAP benefits, but whose children do qualify for free or reduced school meals or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school, can start applying for Pandemic EBT benefits today. The application deadline has been extended until August 14, 2020 at 5:30 PM Eastern Time. You will need a valid email address and phone number to apply.

Follow this link to apply:

Follow this link to learn more about the program: https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/covid-19/p-ebt-and-covid-19-faqs.html

If you need assistance completing your P-EBT application or have general questions about the program are encouraged to call the TDHS hotline at 1-833-496-0661 and select option 3.

Are you having trouble paying your rent or mortgage due to financial issues brought about by COVID-19? Check out the flyer below and call 211 to see if you qualify for the Housing Assistance Program for COVID-19.

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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 (ages 8 weeks-3 years), 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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