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  • Tennessee Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Locations

    tennessee migrant head start

     Telamon Service Area
    • 6424 Baum Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919 (map) • (865) 212-4011
    • 551 Mocking Bird Court, Unicoi, TN 37692 (map) • (423) 743-2028
    • 331 Summer City Road, Pikeville, TN 37367 (map) • (423) 447-3228
    • 144 Bybee Road, Newport, TN 37821 (map) • (423) 623-0703
    • 100 Erin Lane, Bulls Gap, TN 37711 (map) • (423) 235-9301

  • Tennessee Migrant and Seasonal Head Start

    We provide Migrant & Seasonal Head Start services to 264 children ages six weeks to five years old in four centers across the state. Youth initiative projects serve approximately 30 youth per season. The season of services is from July through October. Families are migrant farm workers who are primarily from Texas, Florida and North Carolina.

  • Head Start and Early Childhood Education

    Head Start is a federal preschool program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Telamon operates three types of Head Start programs for disadvantaged families: Head Start (preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years old), Early Head Start (childcare for children 0 to 3 years old and pregnant women), and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (childcare and preschool for children of eligible farmworkers ages 0 to 5 years old). Children with disabilities are encouraged to participate in all programs. Telamon’s approach to Head Start services includes:

    • A nurturing environment that supports the healthy growth and development of each child in the context of the child's family, culture, and community
    • Parents as partners in the shared decision-making process and as active participants in policy groups; and
    • Recognition of the importance of strengthening linkages within communities.

    Our Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of families in each community.  Head Start centers provide a secure setting where children can develop their skills under the watchful eyes of well-trained caregivers.  Partial or full-day services at centers include health and dental screenings, nutritious meals, individual as well as group learning experiences, play opportunities and other structured activities. All services and materials are designed to be age and developmentally appropriate as well as sensitive to the cultural and language environment of a child's home. Parents are included in program planning and oversight activities.

    Some programs are based in the children’s own home, where staff visit once a week to provide services to the child and family. Children and families who receive these services gather periodically with other enrolled families for a group learning experience facilitated by Telamon staff.

  • Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Eligibility

    • Age: 0-5 years old
    • Income: Low income, must qualify based on income guidelines
    • Agriculture: Primary source of family income must come from qualifying agricultural activities
    • Mobility: To qualify as a migrant farmworker, the family must have relocated for the purposes of engaging in agricultural work in the last 24 months. This does not apply to seasonal farmworkers.
  • The nutrition services provided by each Telamon Head Start program are supported by the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).