Let’s get started

It’s easy. Just follow the 3 steps below.

Not really sure if you want your child to go to Head Start? It’s okay.

We understand there’s a lot to learn about Head Start. Completing the 4 steps below will get you started down the path to a brighter future for your child.

Consider this: Sequatchie Valley Head Start held the highest ratings of any licensed child care facility in Tennessee for more than a decade. Nobody’s been doing it better for nearly as long as we have.

Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded programs that promote school readiness of children ages 0-5. We are committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life.  We help children succeed through education, health, social and other supports and services.



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1 – Contact your nearest center.

See the list of centers, to find the closest center to you, Call, e-mail, or come see us.      

Or if you prefer -Click on Start Your Child’s Application and complete the online contact form.

Need further assistance? Call us toll-free at 1-800-762-8432.


2 – Meet with a family service worker to complete your child’s application.

You will be contacted by one of our friendly, helpful family service workers (FSW for short). Your FSW will set up an appointment with you to complete your child’s application.

Your FSW will ask that you bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization record, social security card and your proof of income to the appointment. Don’t stress if you do not have these documents- We are here to help you get the documents you need.

3 – We’ll call you to let you know if your child has been accepted.

If you have not heard from us, please feel free to call your Head Start center. Our staff may be out doing home visits, so please leave a message and we will return your call shortly. If your child is not accepted, do not be discouraged. We will place your child on a waiting list and call you as soon as a spot comes open. We are a program for low income families but we also accept children with disabilities and children in foster care. We strongly encourage all families to apply!

Intake Appointment, Screenings, Home Visits, and Orientation

Before your child’s first day of class you will be asked to participate in four activities to help us get to know your family and for you to get to know us.

Intake Appointment: Your FSW will ask you to attend a 90-minute, intake appointment to complete your child’s enrollment paperwork. Your child is welcome to come with you but is not required to attend.

Screening Day: We ask that you bring your child to a fun and informative screening day. Your child will receive a vision and hearing test as well as a speech/language and a cognitive development screening.  We want to hear all about your child’s strengths and about areas where they may need additional support. Our health manager will be available to answer any question your may have about your child’s development.

Home Visits: Your child’s teacher will call to set up a special visit. Our staff do two, “Getting to Know You” home visits to help prepare your child for class and to share important information with your family. This is not an inspection of your home. We would be happy to do the home visit out on the front porch, in the yard, or at an agreed upon location, if you are more comfortable.

Orientation/Open House: We invite you to join us for open house. Bring the whole family and take a tour of your child’s center and classroom. Open House is a great time to learn more about ways you can volunteer at your child’s center. You can also pick up some tips about building positive relationship with your child through our parent curriculum, Active Parenting: The First Five Years.

Start your child on the path to being school ready!


The mission of Sequatchie Valley Head Start is to create a nurturing place where children, families and staff can work through community partnerships to exceed Head Start's national goals.


HEAD START 3-5 yrs