Early Childhood & Family Support

    Tennessee

    Early Childhood & Family Support offers families exemplary childcare services that ensure children start school ready to learn and succeed.

    As children grow and prepare to succeed in school, parents are encouraged to actively participate in their education and strengthen family bonds.

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    HEAD START PROGRAMS

    Receive high-quality early childhood education at your centers or in your home.

    Tennessee’s Early Childhood & Family Support program provides services to eligible families with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in Head Start centers across the state.

    Head Start is a comprehensive program that offers quality early education in and out of the home, parenting education, health and social-emotional wellness services, nutrition education, and family support services. 

    While we guide the very young as they learn and play, we also share our expertise with parents. By actively participating in their children’s early education, parents enhance their development and create strong family bonds.

    In Tennessee, Telamon offers:

    • Early Head Start (childcare for children 0 to 3 years old)
    • Migrant and Seasonal Head Start: Childcare and preschool for children of eligible farmworkers ages 0 to 5 years old

    Center-Based Services

    Each child receives a personalized educational program at the Head Start centers based on their specific strengths and needs. Through structured learning activities, play, and group learning experiences, children enter kindergarten with learning and social skills that rival that of their classmates.

     

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    PARTICIPATE IN A RESPECTED HEAD START PROGRAM.

    Head Start, created in 1965, is a federally funded school readiness program rooted in the idea that parents are their child’s most important teachers. All centers offer:

    • Education: Plan interactive learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Children learn and play through activities they initiate on their own.
    • Health: Provide vital services such as immunizations; dental, medical, mental health, and nutritional services; and early identification of health problems. The earlier a disability is detected, the better a child’s chances of succeeding in school and in life.
    • Parent Engagement: Encourage parents to participate in programs and workshops, serve in leadership roles, and volunteer with activities. Parents must be active partners in their child’s education.
    • Family Support: Seek to provide assistance if families have additional needs. By tackling challenges in a family’s life, we pave the way for success.

    The programs are supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights and activities on any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Download the Tennessee Head Start Annual Reports:

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    ENROLL IN OUR FAMILY-FOCUSED PROGRAMS.

    If you’re looking for a quality early childhood center for your child, Telamon might have an opening for you. Our centers accept new families year-round — applying is as easy as knowing your A-B-Cs.

    Apply to a Head Start center in your community.

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    Your local program will provide the required forms and answer your questions. It will tell you what documents you need to apply.

    Be
    prepared.

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    Take a copy of one of these documents to your enrollment meeting:

    • Award letter (amount received) for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

    • W-2 form or 1040 tax information

    • Two recent pay stubs

    • Unemployment statement

    You’ll also need to provide a copy of at least one of the documents listed below:

    • Certified birth certificate

    • Hospital birth certificate

    • Health department birth certificate

    • Medicaid card

    Check
    your eligibility.

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    Eligibility is based on family income at or below the poverty level. Families in other situations — including homelessness, children in foster care, or receiving SSI or TANF — are also eligible. Discuss your situation with a local center coordinator.

    OUR SERVICES ARE FREE TO THOSE WHO QUALIFY.

    Centers located in Bledsoe, Carter, Cocke, Greene and Unicoi counties also serve children and families in surrounding counties.

    Call a center in your area or fill out the contact form below.
    Bledsoe County
    • Telamon TN Summer City Migrant & Seasonal Head Start • 331 Summer City Road, Pikeville, TN 37367 (map) • 423-382-0047

     

    Carter County
    • Telamon TN Carter County Early Head Start • 139 Judge Don Lewis Boulevard, Elizabethton, TN 37643 (map) • 423-388-9082

     

    Cocke County
    • Telamon TN Bybee Migrant & Seasonal Head Start • 144 Bybee Road, Newport, TN 37821 (map) • 423-623-0703

     

    Greene County
    • Telamon TN Greene County Early and Migrant & Seasonal Head Start  • 100 Erin Lane, Bulls Gap, TN 37711 (map) • 423-235-9301

     

    Unicoi County
    • Telamon TN Unicoi Early and Migrant& Seasonal Head Start • 551 Mocking Bird Court, Unicoi, TN 37692 (map) • 423-473-2028

     

     

    State Administrative Office

    Telamon TN Early Childhood and Family Support — 4713 Papermill Drive NW #203, Knoxville, TN 37909 (map) • 865-212-4011

     

     

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