Welcome South Central Head Start

Community Action Council is pleased to welcome the following counties to our Head Start family: 

  • Clark 

  • Estill 

  • Garrard

  • Jackson

  • Laurel

  • Madison

  • Powell

  • Rockcastle


Beginning January 1, 2019, Community Action Council will begin providing Head Start and Early Head Start services for children and families with low income in the eight south-central Kentucky counties of Clark, Estill, Garrard, Jackson, Laurel, Madison, Powell, and Rockcastle. Under the name South Central Head Start, or SCHS, this project will provide high-quality early childhood education services through direct-managed locations as well as through partnerships with local education systems and community-based early childhood education providers. Annually, SCHS will serve over 700 children and families.

The Council is a well-established, experienced and successful provider of Head Start services in Kentucky. Since its inception in 1965, the Council has been continuously operating Head Start for families in its Central Kentucky service area. In 1997 the Council began providing Early Head Start services for infants, toddlers and pregnant women, and in 2002, the Council became the statewide program operator for Kentucky’s Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program, which serves children from farm-working families. Lastly, beginning in 2015, the Council began operating an Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership, enabling it to work closely with community-based child care providers to improve local early learning outcomes. With the addition of SCHS, the Council now operates Head Start-funded  services in 19 counties across Kentucky.

As a Head Start provider, the Council is dedicated to understanding and addressing the educational, social and economic needs of the families and communities it serves. The ultimate goal of all of the Council’s Head Start operations is to prepare children for future academic and life success. To achieve this goal, SCHS will ensure that each child receives individualized attention, high-quality instruction, and the benefit of a stimulating physical learning environment. SCHS will also provide a full complement of health and nutrition services, family engagement opportunities, and support services for children together with their families. A second, integrated goal is to increase families’ economic stability by working with parents to strengthen their parenting and life skills, supporting their continuing education, and connecting them to workforce development and employment opportunities. This strategy is designed to ensure not only that all children enter school “ready to learn,” but also that families can discover a pathway out of poverty and achieve long-term self-sufficiency.

In operating Head Start, the Council takes into account the evolving needs and resources of the community as a whole. The Council believes that by investing in early childhood development and affording all children the opportunity to grow into their full potential as individuals and as members of society, the entire community stands to reap future rewards.

We will continue to update this page with information regarding the transition throughout the month of December. We encourage you to follow us on all of our social media platforms to engage with the Council and become familiar with our innovative programs and activities.