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Early Head Start and Head Start are nationally funded early childhood education programs that focus on healthy child development and promoting school readiness. Head Start and Early Head Start provide center-based services in the counties of Henderson, Polk and Transylvania for pregnant mothers and children ages birth to five. These programs support and encourage the whole family by recognizing that parents are their children’s primary teacher and offering multiple family engagement opportunities throughout the school year. Each child in the program is assigned a Family Advocate to help support the family throughout the school year as well. 

Several of the centers utilize wrap-around services that lengthen the classroom day and months of the year if needed. These services provide childcare for parents of children who are working or in job related training. Parents pay for wrap-around fees based on a sliding fee scale.

To submit an application for the Early Head Start or Head Start Program, please click HERE to be taken to the online application


Home-Visiting services bring the classroom into the home. During a weekly 90 minute visit the family and home visitor focus on learning through play and kindergarten readiness. The home visitor guides and models activities, so that the parent can become the teacher. Each week, children participate in weekly lesson plans designed to help them reach their developmental milestones and learn new skills. Siblings and other family members are encouraged to join in with the fun! Biweekly socialization events allow families the opportunity to make friends, become more knowledgeable about community resources, and receive parenting tips. This program allows families to discover and nurture their child’s individual learning style, learn new parenting skills, and engage in family-building activities.

To submit an application for the Home-Visiting Program, please click HERE to be taken to the online application


The NC Pre-K program helps provide high-quality early childhood education to enhance school readiness. NC Pre-K prepares children for kindergarten through large and small group experiences, center time, music, movement, literacy activities, and opportunities for social emotional development. These services operate on the same schedule as the public school system.

To submit an application for the NC Pre-K program, please click HERE to be taken to the Forms and Applications page

FUNDING SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services State of North Carolina