Do you have a child under age five?

Head Start/Early Head Start is now enrolling for the Fall.

Knoxville-Knox County Head Start/Early Head Start Registration Day at the L.T. Ross Building

Saturday, Apr 20th, 10am-2pm

2247 Western Ave

Knoxville, TN

For more information, call (865) 522-2193 or email

What is Head Start/Early Head Start?

Head Start/Early Head Start is a federal funded program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Head Start/Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments.

Head Start/Early Head Start engages parents as the child’s primary teachers and help them to make progress towards educational, literacy, and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on parent involvement in the administration of Knoxville-Knox County Head Start/Early Head Start.

What should I bring with me to registration day?

In order to make the enrollment process go more smoothly, try to bring as much of the following information as possible:

  • 2012 tax return information or proof of household income
  • Child's birth certificate
  • Child's shot record
  • Child's social security card
  • Child's medical Insurance documentation

How much does Head Start cost?

There is no cost for Head Start services. However, your household income must be below or at the federal poverty level in order to qualify. A household of 2 cannot make more than $15,510 per year, a household of 3 cannot make more than $19,530 per year, and a household of 4 cannot make more than $23,550 per year. For households with more than 4 persons, add $4,020 for each additional person.

How old does my child need to be to start?

  • Head Start Eligibility: Children who are age three (3) by August 31, 2013 and have not have turned five (5) before September 1, 2013.
  • Early Head Start Eligibility: Children as young as eight (8) weeks up to age three (3).

Why does my preschooler need Head Start?

Young children need exposure to other children in a nurturing early childhood learning environment to develop the skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten. Preschoolers must expand their knowledge of the world around them to be good readers and learners in their later school experiences.

Why does my baby need Early Head Start?

The Early Head Start program was established to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years matter a great deal to children's growth and development.

What do other parents say about Head Start/Early Head Start?

“My son has learned many new things by attending and became educationally/intellectually mature for his age. My husband and I learned a lot by receiving newsletters and speaking to teachers about early childhood as well as our child. Our parenting skills have changed for the better and our family relationships have changed positively.”

“We have developed a routine as a result of our Head Start schedule. We have learned a lot from parent meetings - information about discipline, make it fun and listen to your kids."

“My son is completely ready for Kindergarten, my children are eating things they haven’t eaten before and I have learned different discipline techniques.”

“She is more confident to try things on her own. She is trying lots of new foods (she used to be so picky) and I feel like I have so much more community support (as a single parent) through the interactions I experienced with those at Head Start.”

“We are eating healthy, getting her ready for kindergarten (she is ready) & we are budgeting/saving money.”

Administered by Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee