What is Head Start?

It is a Federal program for income eligible children ages 0-5 years. Head Start helps prepare children to succeed in school. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing outdoors in a safe setting. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. The Head Start program is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the United States.

The Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority Head Start Program was organized by Rose Hill in 1965 with the first classroom being located in Cocke County. The name "Douglas Cherokee" was derived from the Cherokee and Douglas lakes created by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Douglas-Cherokee Head Start central office is located at 127 Cedar St. Morristown, TN 37814 (423)587-4501 Toll Free 1-866-631-4126 Fax: 423-587-5943 Director: Curt Amos

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Service Area: Blount-Cocke-Grainger-Hamblen-Jefferson-Monroe-Sevier-Union


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Mission Statement - To be a quality-focused organization in order to bring about a greater degree of social competency in children and self-sufficiency of families.

Philosophy-To be respectful of all, to empower children and their families, and to be a positive influence in the community we serve.

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Non Discrimination Statement:Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, age, disability, or military service in its policies, or in the admission, participation, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.

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