New Head Start Classrooms

Head Start was born in 1965 as an initiative of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. As the name implies, it is designed to give underprivileged children a “head start” in school and in life. It has subsequently evolved into a comprehensive program for the whole family offering services in the area of social services education, parent involvement, health, nutrition, disabilities & transportation. KCEOC Community Action Partnership was among the first Head Start providers in the nation and for almost six decades, Head Start and KCEOC CAP have been improving the futures of children, families, and communities. Every year KCEOC conducts a community needs assessment to ensure services are meeting the community needs, this past year the need for more Early Head Start Classrooms was prevalent. In response three (3) additional EHS classrooms were opened Oct 4, 2021. The new classrooms opened at KCEOC’s Cannon, Paces Creek-2 and Island Creek-2 Child Development Centers. These EHS classrooms serve children who are 6 weeks to 3 years old. Early Head Start programs promote the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally enriching care giving; preparing these children for continued growth and development and eventual success in school and life.

For Questions about enrollment please contact Joannie Mills at 606-546-3152 or

About Head Start:

Head Start (HS)/Early Head Start (EHS) is a Federal Program for pregnant mothers and children age birth to 5 years old from at risk backgrounds. The Head Start program is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the country. Children who attend Early Head Start/Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities, and receive free medical and dental care, healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.


KCEOC Community Action Partnership, Inc. is a private, non-profit community action agency that operates programs with federal, state, local and private funding. KCEOC will administer programs as defined within the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 or its successor. Within these programs, KCEOC works to identify the causes of poverty within the service area so programs can be targeted on elimination of those causes. KCEOC operates Head Start programs in Harlan, Knox, Clay, and Laurel counties. Our Early Head Start program covers these counties with the addition of Rockcastle and Jackson Counties.

Contact Information for all KCEOC Child Development Centers:

(All centers offer Head Start and Early Head Start Options unless otherwise noted.)

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

Jackson County (EHS Only): 606-287-5236

Knox County: 606-545-9076

Laurel County: 606-528-9531

Rockcastle County (EHS Only): 606-256-8022