Douglas Cherokee Head Start realizes that parents are their child's first and most important educator and caregiver. Through collaboration, cooperation, and communication with numerous community resources, Head Start families and children will receive a comprehensive array of services. These services will include but not be limited to:  child health and safety, education, developmental screenings, nutrition, transportation, mental health, disabilities, and family and community relationships. Our nutritional program provides 2/3 of the daily nutritional needs of the children. All centers are licensed by the State of Tennessee Department of Human Services.  The part-day/part-year Head Start program operates 4 days a week, 41/2 - 5 hours per day, from September - May.

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Special Services

In the fall of each school year, all  Head Start children will be examined by skilled professionals for health problems.  Vision, hearing, speech, language & developmental screenings along with dental exams will be conducted.  Children with health needs will receive follow-up care.  Other services will be available for children with special needs.  Mental health services are also provided for families as requested.  In most centers Head Start buses transport children from their homes to the centers and back.


Family / Community Partnership - Liz La; ERSEA - Felicia Savoni; Parent Involvement - Terri Rickard; Disabilties/Mental Health - Teresa Cameron;

Curriculum/Assessment - Tonya Purkey; Health / Nutrition - Lisa Henson T/TA & Monitoring - Aranda Pruitt; Transportation - Kristie Woolard

Early Childhood Manager - Arlene Radcliff






Disability Services Health Services Education Services Family Services