Child Development


Give Your Child a Head Start

KCEOC’s Child Development program (Head Start and Early Head Start) is a federally funded, community based program for pregnant women and families with children through five years of age. Our Child Development program promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities, as well as homeless children. Parents are involved in the administrative and programmatic operations of our program and are recognized as the prime educators of their children. Volunteers are welcome and are an integral part of the daily operation of our program.

KCEOC operates Head Start (children three through five years of age) in Knox, Clay and Harlan Counties. Early Head Start (pregnant women and children through three years of age) is operated in Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel and Rockcastle Counties.

Head Start offers Center Based and Home Based Options with some extended day classrooms to meet the needs of working parents. Head Start serves children aged 3 to 5 years old. Early Head Start serves pregnant women & children aged birth to 3 years of age in both center and home based options. Bus transportation is provided with the center based option where available.



What can the Head Start program offer your child?

Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. KCEOC Child Development  recognizes that, as parents, you are your child's first and most important teacher, and as such your involvement is  always welcome. We offer your child love, acceptance, understanding, and the opportunity to learn and experience success. Children socialize with others, improving their listening and speaking skills, learn problem solving skills, and have experiences which help them become self-confident. Children spend time in stimulating settings where they form good habits while they enjoy playing and working on tasks with other classmates. Your child will leave the program better prepared for kindergarten, excited to learn and ready to succeed. 

Home Based Option: Head Start and Early Head Start 

The Home Base option is a way to offer support, guidance, information about child  development  & comprehensive services directly to families in their home. Home Base is unique because it offers the opportunity for families to get the support they want in their own homes. Teachers and parents can create rich learning opportunities that build on everyday routines and support their child’s development.  Home base also offers family support and child development services to families during nontraditional hours for those parents who work or go to school.


Parent Engagement





Comprehensiveness, Flexibility, Responsiveness and Intensity

Program services are grounded in the belief that all families can identify their own needs and strengths, set their own goals, and are capable of growth. Thus, KCEOC’s program maintains the flexibility to respond with varying levels of intensity based on family needs & resources.

• Parents/guardians of children with special needs are encouraged to apply.


• Children and families who are homeless will be appropriately served.


• KCEOC Child Development Program does not discriminate against race, sex, creed,

color, national origin or disabling conditions.

Center Contact Information

Paces Creek: 606-598-6096

Island Creek: 606-598-3659

Grays’s Knob: 606-573-6543

Verda: 606-837-3314

Tri-Cities: 606-589-5522

Knox County: 606-545-9076

Laurel County: 606-528-9531 E

Head Start Only- Jackson County: 606-287-5236

Early Head Star Only- Rockcastle County: 606-256-8022



For Child Development requirements please click here.


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KCEOC’s Child Development Program supports the highest level of parent involvement and partnerships.  Parents are    active participants in policy and decision making roles as well as classroom volunteers.

A smooth transition from Early Head Start to Head Start and Head Start to Kindergarten is provided.  A smooth transition is important to ensure each child continues to receive enriching early child development services and each family continues to receive the support services necessary to healthy family development.

In recognition that no one program can meet all of a child and families needs, KCEOC maximizes the resources available to families with young children through collaboration with local community agencies and service providers.


Brittni Tuttle

Corbin Daycare Classroom at the Laurel County Child Development Center (LCCDC)

"Brittni is everything a teacher should be.  She is creative and loving, organized, and fun.  My son Jonas loves going to school to see his Miss Brittni every day.  Jonas has a speech delay and she is always patient and focused to make sure she understands and meets his needs.  She has wonderful circle times, and very well planned out and creative activities to highlight their unit of study each week.  I am so thankful that Jonas has the opportunity to learn in such a positive and fun environment.  He will be with her again next year, and I am sure that when he does transition to Kindergarten that he will be more than ready because Miss Brittni has prepared him!"

-Missy Scent


Sharon White

Henson Hollow/Knox Daycare

"Ms. Sharon White is an amazing teacher, not only does she teach the children, but she loves and nurtures them. She teaches them manners, respect, and builds their confidence and self esteem in an amazing way. I have seen her work with some of the most shy and timid children. And, I have watched them bloom before my eyes, my own child being one of them. It's very important to her that they get a head start and are prepared for Kindergarten. The kids mimic her in their daily lives at home. There is no one else I had rather have my child spend each day with, and I know that she loves every child. Ms Sharon also has respect for her aides and the other staff in the building. Ms Sharon is an amazing asset to this agency."

-Sherry Crawford