City of Chattanooga

Head Start and Early Head Start

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

If you are a parent or guardian of a currently enrolled student of either Head Start or Early Head Start, we want you to serve on Policy Council. Each year some of the parents from the Parent Committees are elected to serve on one our governing bodies, the Policy Council.

The majority of the Policy Council is comprised of the parents of currently enrolled students. The remaining representatives come from local agencies that serve families with small children. This allows parents to have the majority voice in issues such as financial reporting, new hires and terminations, the approval of new policies and procedures, and long-term planning and vision for our program!

Apply for a part time job!

There are many advantages to working for the City of Chattanooga Head Start and Early Head Start program. Regardless of the position you choose, you will receive professional development, a flexible schedule, a competitive wage, and the satisfaction of shaping the future of our community while working in a positive environment.   Here are a few of the part time positions we usually have open:

Substitute Teacher:

Our substitutes work with another teacher or teacher assistant and never work alone with a class. We provide training, professional development, and a flexible schedule.  Often, our substitutes become full time teachers. We encourage you to apply!


Our interpreters work in the program to remove language barriers, support home language development in children, and bring cultural diversity to our classrooms and events.  This position is truly unique within the early childhood education field. We provide training, professional development, and a flexible schedule.

All positions require a background check, TB skin test, and physical. 

For all open positions, please go to

If you do not see a position posted that interests you, please contact us and inquire!

Spanish Language Internship Program

Our program offers the unique opportunity for Spanish language students to get real-world experience in a fun, low stress environment. As part of our Home Language Support Initiative, we seek volunteers who are proficient in Spanish to help expand the vocabularies and conceptual knowledge of our dual language learners. If you want to practice and perfect your Spanish while helping Spanish speaking children and families, contact us today!

*Applicant must be 18 years or older. Placement pending openings, background check, and TB Skin test.

Volunteer Opportunities

Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, and that spirit is evident in the many people who volunteer with our program!

For example, our collaboration with the Foster Grandparent Program of Chattanooga enriches our programs with more than 97,000 volunteer hours each year!

During the summer months, we host volunteers from around the country through the Youth Works.

Many times individuals volunteer without being part of a larger group. Some opt to volunteer in the classrooms helping the teachers or simply reading to children. Others sponsor families during the holiday seasons. Sometimes parents and other volunteers work to beautify our centers.

If you think you might be interested in one of our many opportunities, contact our Volunteer and Special Projects Coordinator and let us find the right experience for you!