About Sequatchie Valley Head Start


Sequatchie Valley Head Start (SVHS) is the area’s premiere early childhood program serving more than 400 children and families covering over 1,867 square miles in beautiful, rural Tennessee. We have proudly served the children and families of Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie Counties for over thirty years.

Our SVHS Family is made up of over 135 highly qualified and dedicated team members. You must love children and be passionate about helping families to work here!

We invite your family to become a part of our family. We hope you will choose SVHS as a partner in preparing your child for school and for life. If you have needs, concerns or questions about our program don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Program Options

Early Head Start (EHS)

• For children 0-3 years old

• Children attend 5 days/week, 7.25 hours per day

• EHS operates from August through June

• Parents provide transportation for children

• Locations: Dayton, Pikeville, South Pittsburg, Tracy City, and Altamont

Preschool Head Start (HS)

• For children ages 3-5 years old

• Children attend 4 days/week, 5 hours per day, August-May

• Tuesday – Friday

• Limited Transportation is provided based on need

Head Start - Extended Day (HS-EDC)

• For children ages 3-5 years old

• Children usually attend 5 days/week, August – May

• Parents provide transportation for children in most cases

• Parents attending school, working, or who have a child enrolled in EHS are given priority

More Info

Call us toll free at 1-800-762-8432. 

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The Head Start Advantage

Head Start Facts

Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded programs that promote school readiness for children ages 0-5 from eligible families through education, health, social and other supports and services. In 1965, project Head Start was launched as an 8 week summer program serving 561,000 children as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s economic opportunity initiative.

They are administered by the Office of Head Start, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The 1975 Head Start Program Performance Standards, revised in 2016, defined high quality services in early childhood education, parent engagement, social services, and health. The effectiveness of these standards and their implementation by local programs was documented conclusively by a federal study that showed Head Start narrows the achievement gap in reading readiness and writing skills between children from low-income families and all other children; and supports the social and emotional development of Head Start children.

Want to know more? Read studies about Head Start’s effectiveness below.

Head Start Effectiveness Research


Project Head Start was launched in 1965 as an 8-week summer program as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s economic opportunity initiative.


Tennessee’s Head Start programs serve approximately 20,000 children and their families every year.


Sequatchie Valley Head Start serves over 400 Head Start and Early Head Start children and families each year.

Kindergarten Ready

Head Start children score better than their peers in the areas of language, cognitive and social-emotional development (Love et al., 2002).

Social & Emotional Skills

Children that attend Head Start have better social skills, fewer attention problems, and decreased aggression and hyperactivity (Aikens et al., 2013).

Early Head Start

Children in Early Head Start are more likely to be immunized and have services for children with disabilities (Love et al., 2002).


Children that attend Head Start are less likely to repeat a grade and more likely to graduate high school and to attend college.

Healthy & Successful

Children that attend Head Start are less likely to be in poor health and smoke and on average have higher earnings.


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.

Early Head Start 0-3 yrs

Head Start 3-5 yrs