The 2009-2010 school year was huge for Knoxville-Knox County Head Start/Early Head Start, as we expanded our Early Head Start (EHS) program.
Originally, our EHS program (which began in 1999) was housed only in the North Center, with eight teachers, serving 32 infants and toddlers in a center based option. Currently, our EHS program is housed in four of our six Head Start centers, with 24 teachers and 4 home visitors, serving 128 infants and toddlers in either a center based or home based option.
Our Early Head Start program is part of a bigger whole… Knoxville-Knox County Head Start (which began in 1965) currently serves 860 preschool children in 44 classrooms, at 6 centers.
Together, there are 190 Head Start and Early Head Start (KKCHS/EHS) staff, including education staff, component coordinators and support staff. In addition, KKCHS/EHS has many partners in the community—The University of Tennessee, Knox County Schools, Knox County Health Department, Tennessee Early Intervention System, Department of Human Services, Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation, Knox County Public Library, Pellissippi State Community College, Child Care Resource and Referral, Kiwanis Club, and many more.