Head Start


Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood education program that was established in 1965 to provide services to preschool children of low-income families. The program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Non-Discrimination Statement and donations.

Since 1965, thousands of three and four year old children and their families have received services through Head Start. Northern Kentucky Community Action’s Head Start Program is currently located in Campbell, Kenton, Boone and Pendleton Counties. We have 20 classrooms and serve 444 children. Over the years Head Start has become an established program that continues to grow in response to the needs of the community by offering a number of comprehensive services to meet the needs of preschool age children from economically disadvantaged families and/or children with disabilities.


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Head Start children and their families can count on these services:

  • Individual teaching and educational opportunities
  • Speech, language and hearing screening
  • Health care promotion
  • Social services
  • Mental health services
  • Services for children with special needs
  • Nutritious snacks and meals
  • Vision/Dental screenings
  • Parent involvement opportunities
  • Leadership development and training opportunities
  • Kindergarten readiness

The four major components of the Head Start Program:

The educational program is developed to meet each child’s individual needs. Every child receives a variety of learning experiences to foster intellectual, social and emotional growth. Learning is through play and developmentally appropriate activities.

The importance of prevention and early identification of health and nutritional concerns are the foundations of these components. We make sure every child receives comprehensive health care, including medical, dental, mental health and nutrition services. Nutritious meals and snacks are served “family style” to provide children with the opportunity to serve themselves while having meaningful/instructional conversation with teaching staff & peers.  “Family style” allows for children to practice table manners and healthy eating habits.

Parent Involvement:
Parents are their children’ s first teachers. Head Start parents are empowered through extensive training throughout the Head Start year. Head Start empowers parents to become leaders. Each parent is automatically a member of the center’s parent committee, and each center elects parents to serve on the agency’s Policy Council, which makes important program and governance decisions related to the operation of the Head Start program.

Social Services:
Specially trained family advocates assess family needs and help them access the services that will build upon the individual strengths of the families to help them become self-sufficient.

If you would like to consider supporting our Head Start programs consider donating any of the following:

  • Art Supplies
  • Portable “smart” TVs on stands for moving between Head Start Classrooms
  • Educational computer games for preschool age children
  • Gift certificates to hair salons for haircuts for back to school (for kids) or pre-interview (for adults)
  • Tickets for family friendly cultural destinations (Cincinnati Zoo, Children’s Museum, Stage performances, Ballet, etc.)
  • Books, educational toys, gross motor toys for our Head Start centers, and books for the children to take home, too.

Non-Discrimination Policy: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

Walmart Foundation –NKCAC Head Start wants to thank the Walmart Foundation for the Seed Change Grant that we received this year.  This grant has allowed us to put in outdoor gardens at the Elsmere, Alexandria and Boone Centers and an indoor tower garden at the Newport Center.  We also had Sunrock farms visit 3 centers as part of our Farm to School family events.


We take a whole person, whole family, whole community approach to serve our neighbors


with self-reliant, capable, and
supported people and families