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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!

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

 http://www.knoxcac.org/…/prog…/energy-community-services.

PROGRAM OPTIONS

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.

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
HS/EHS Centers
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Children Served (2018-2019)
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Staff Members

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