To advance the physical, mental, economic, and social well-being of children and families through quality, comprehensive services.
We are committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life.
"Building Tomorrow Today"
Due to COVID-19, all children participating in center-based options only attend in-person classes two days a week.
The Head Start office and all 6 centers will be closed Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 25th-27th, 2020 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Lost income due to COVID-19?
Knoxville-Knox County CAC may pay your utility bill. The deadline to apply has been extended to November 30th, 2020. For more information or to apply call your nearest CAC Neighborhood Center: West/Central/North: 865-524-3345 or East/South: 865-546-5125 or go to
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. Note: Due to COVID-19, all home visits are being conducted virtually.