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    Enroll in a comprehensive Head Start program that includes quality early education in and out of the home, parenting education, nutrition education, and family support services.

    Head Start programs available in Tennessee:

    • 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)

    Find a program near you.    

    Success Story

    Mayrani, Tennessee

    Mother and daughter receive invaluable services

    Born in Guatemala, Mayrani moved to the United States at four years of age and came to Tennessee in the summer of 2016 when her mother found agricultural work in rural Greene and Cocke Counties. At five years old, she had never attended school or a child care program of any kind. When her mother tried to enroll Mayrani for kindergarten, she was told that Mayrani had speech delays and hearing problems. She was referred to Telamon’s Head Start program, and her life changed. 

    Mayrani’s mother was only planning to be in Tennessee for a short period of time before moving on to pursue work in the fields of South Carolina in the fall and then on to Florida in the winter. The team at Telamon moved quickly to set appointments for Mayrani with Speech Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Pediatricians, and Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Doctors, many of whom offered their services at free or reduced rates. A battery of tests, screenings, and exams revealed that Mayrani did indeed have a hearing disorder. She was provided hearing aids and ENT surgery to remove her tonsils and adenoids free of charge. The many appointments, evaluations, and surgery, were completed within the seven weeks she was enrolled in the Head Start program!

    During this time, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) was put into place to make sure that Mayrani would receive the services and support that she needed, and Telamon staff guided her mother through the process. Mayrani quickly recovered from her surgery, and with her new hearing aids, she began to show signs of progress. While Mayrani and her family have moved to Florida to pursue work, Telamon is proud to have provided such important support to this sweet young girl and her family. Mayrani’s mother is her biggest advocate and works with programs to ensure her future is as bright as can be.


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