Most frequent questions and answers.
A comprehensive early childhood program for preschool children, infants and toddlers and their families.
Low-income families with children under Kindergarten age (birth to five). Also eligible are foster children, families who are homeless and families receiving SSI or TANF.
Head Start can serve children ages 8 weeks through 4 years. A child’s 5th birthday must be after August 15th of the current school year.
To begin the enrollment process, a parent or legal guardian can go to the “How to Apply” tab on our website and click on the red “APPLY HERE” button. In order for the application to be considered complete, we will need a copy of the child’s up to date shot record on the Tennessee state form and an up to date physical, along with proof of all income for a year.
The following documents are needed to complete the child’s enrollment application:
- Shot Record
- Physical Exam
- If guardian, copy of custody papers
- If foster child, copy of foster care contract
- If a parent has restricted visitation, copy of court papers
- Documentation of all types of income received by all related adults in the home 12 months before the application date. (Examples: Wages, TANF, Social Security, SSI, Retirement, VA benefits, Support Payments, College Payments, etc.)
Note: Due to COVID-19, all children will only be attending 2 days per week.
Head Start (Preschool Ages 3-5)
Part Day – Children attend the center for 3 1/2 hours in either the morning or afternoon, Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. Hours of service are typically 7:45-11:15 a.m. or 12:45 -4 p.m. Transportation is provided.
Extended Day – This option is provided at the Anderson-South, Kiwanis East II, and North Ridge Crossing Head Start Centers and is available for preschoolers of any age. Most children enrolled in the Extended Day option will be self-transports. Hours will be approximately 7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday or Thursday Friday.
Virtual Option – A teacher conducts a weekly virtual visit with the parent and child and provides information and guidance to the parent to support the child’s learning.
Early Head Start (Ages 8 weeks – 3 years)
Note: Due to COVID-19, children under 18 months of age will only be served in the virtual program. All early children attending center-based programs will be enrolled in the extended-day option.
Home-Base and Virtual Options– A home visitor or teacher conducts a weekly virtual visit with the parent and child and provides information and guidance to the parent to support the child’s learning.
Extended Day – This option is provided at the Anderson-South, Kiwanis East II, and North Ridge Crossing Head Start Centers and is available for early children between 18 months and 3 years of age. All children enrolled in the Early Head Start Extended Day option will be self-transports. Hours will be approximately 7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday or Thursday Friday.
If you have turned in a complete application, with shot records, current up to date physical examination and income, we send all this information to the main office. The applications take some time to process once all the necessary items are received. If you have not heard anything after 2 weeks of turning in the application, please call the Head Start office @ 865-522-2193 and ask to speak with an Enrollment Specialist.
No! Our teachers will be happy to work with you to help your child become potty trained when he/she is ready. Head Start will work with you to provide diapers or pull-ups for your child during Head Start hours.
Yes. All children that ride on a Head Start bus are required to sit in a car seat that Head Start provides. In addition, we have cameras on all of our buses.
Yes. As a federally funded program, we are required to verify income. We can verify all of the previous calendar years or back one year from the day you sign the application.
The first step to enrollment is to fill out an application. In order for the application to be considered complete, we must have verified income and a complete shot record and physical. This process can take a couple of weeks.
We are required to verify income on any blood relative that lives in the home IF they are claimed by you on your income tax return.
No. Due to COVID-19, all home visits and parent conferences will be conducted virtually.