Early Childhood & Family Support
Early Childhood & Family Support offers families exemplary childcare services that ensure children start school ready to learn and succeed.
As children grow and prepare to succeed in school, parents are encouraged to actively participate in their education and strengthen family bonds.
HEAD START PROGRAMS
Receive high-quality early childhood education at your centers or in your home.
Tennessee’s Early Childhood & Family Support program provides services to eligible families with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in Head Start centers across the state.
Head Start is a comprehensive program that offers quality early education in and out of the home, parenting education, health and social-emotional wellness services, nutrition education, and family support services.
While we guide the very young as they learn and play, we also share our expertise with parents. By actively participating in their children’s early education, parents enhance their development and create strong family bonds.
In Tennessee, Telamon offers:
- 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
Each child receives a personalized educational program at the Head Start centers based on their specific strengths and needs. Through structured learning activities, play, and group learning experiences, children enter kindergarten with learning and social skills that rival that of their classmates.
PARTICIPATE IN A RESPECTED HEAD START PROGRAM.
Head Start, created in 1965, is a federally funded school readiness program rooted in the idea that parents are their child’s most important teachers. All centers offer:
- Education: Plan interactive learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Children learn and play through activities they initiate on their own.
- Health: Provide vital services such as immunizations; dental, medical, mental health, and nutritional services; and early identification of health problems. The earlier a disability is detected, the better a child’s chances of succeeding in school and in life.
- Parent Engagement: Encourage parents to participate in programs and workshops, serve in leadership roles, and volunteer with activities. Parents must be active partners in their child’s education.
- Family Support: Seek to provide assistance if families have additional needs. By tackling challenges in a family’s life, we pave the way for success.
The programs are supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.*
Download the Tennessee Head Start Annual Reports:
ENROLL IN OUR FAMILY-FOCUSED PROGRAMS.
If you’re looking for a quality early childhood center for your child, Telamon might have an opening for you. Our centers accept new families year-round — applying is as easy as knowing your A-B-Cs.
Apply to a Head Start center in your community.
Your local program will provide the required forms and answer your questions. It will tell you what documents you need to apply.
Take a copy of one of these documents to your enrollment meeting:
• Award letter (amount received) for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
• W-2 form or 1040 tax information
• Two recent pay stubs
• Unemployment statement
You’ll also need to provide a copy of at least one of the documents listed below:
• Certified birth certificate
• Hospital birth certificate
• Health department birth certificate
• Medicaid card
Eligibility is based on family income at or below the poverty level. Families in other situations — including homelessness, children in foster care, or receiving SSI or TANF — are also eligible. Discuss your situation with a local center coordinator.
*In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
OUR SERVICES ARE FREE TO THOSE WHO QUALIFY.
Centers located in Bledsoe, Carter, Cocke, Greene and Unicoi counties also serve children and families in surrounding counties.