It is a Federal program for preschool children from low-income families. The program is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the United States. Children who attend participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe environment. Head Start/Early Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. The program serves children 6 weeks to 4 years of age, who meet the Federal income guidelines. 

Head Start is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children, Youth and Families. 

All Head Start children’s records are strictly confidential and kept in locked cabinets.

It is the policy of the City of Chattanooga Human Services Head Start/Early Head Start Agency to provide equal opportunity and employment to all employees and applicants for employment. No person is to be discriminated against employment because of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.