Who We Are

Head Start is a federally funded, nationally recognized, curriculum-based early childhood education program designed to promote school readiness for low-income families. As part of LKLP Community Action, our Head Start and Early Head Start centers are located across Leslie, Knott, Letcher and Perry counties. Serving at-risk children from birth to 5 years old, as well as expectant mothers, Head Start prides itself in being the nation’s premier early education program.

Head Start

Head Start serves children ages 3 through 5, and their families. Children participate in a variety of educational, school-readiness activities that help prepare them for kindergarten.

Early Head Start

Early Head Start provides services for children from birth to 3 years old, as well as pregnant women. Children are primarily served at Early Head Start centers.

Our Impact

All-STAR Rated Centers
Head Start Children Served
Early Head Start Children Served
Centers Scoring 95% or Higher on their Program Evaluation
Staff Completing Training in Relationship-Based Competencies
Children Meeting or Exceeding Language Domains Expectations

*Fiscal Year 2022-23 Data

Academic Success

Preparing students to enter kindergarten at or above state school readiness goals is our primary objective. Our screening, assessment and curriculum tools allow us to develop individualized educational plans for maximum success. We use The Creative Curriculum, a research-based curriculum, which builds children’s confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills through hands-on project-based investigations. Learn more about our focus on academics here.

More About Academics

Health & Wellness

Healthy minds and bodies influence a child’s ability to focus, learn and develop academically. We strive to ensure students have the mental, physical and nutritional resources needed to excel. Learn more about our holistic services here.

Our Whole-Child Approach

Parent Engagement

Families play a big role in their child’s education. At Head Start, teachers and parents work together to reach common goals not only in the classroom, but at home as well. We offer a wide range of resources to help families thrive.

Your Voice Matters
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“Head Start is and has been such a blessing for not only my children but myself as well. It means having a few extra people in your corner to help teach and care for your children from a very young age until it’s time for them to start kindergarten.” -Andrea H., Head Start Parent
“If it wasn’t for Early Head Start, I wouldn’t have had child care so I could further my education. My child has grown so much. I don’t believe she would be where she is without it!” -Stephanie C., Early Head Start Parent
“Head Start has made it possible for me to return to work, and has given me peace of mind that my children are safe and appropriately cared for when I can’t be with them.” -Samantha R, Head Start Parent

Enroll Today!

Ready to give your child the best head start in education? Then let’s get started! Visit our Eligibility & Enrollment page for all the important details.

Eligibility & Enrollment

Join Our Head Start Team

We’re always on the lookout for qualified candidates who can add value to our team. Throughout the year openings may become available in numerous areas, including teachers, teacher assistants, family development assistants, coaches, bus drivers, nutrition services assistants and more. Explore our current openings here.

Join Our Team
Head Start is funded in part through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.