Mission: NRCA’s Head Start mission is to build on the unique strengths of children and families; through positive engagement, health education and a quality preschool experience.
NRCA’s Head Start prepares children for lifelong success through school readiness by partnering with families to support goals in the home and school environment.
Head Start is a federally-funded preschool program which offers comprehensive developmental services to children 3-5 years of age. Children with special needs comprise at least ten percent of the enrollment. The primary components of Head Start are education, social services, preventative health and nutrition. The program focuses on the entire family, and includes parent involvement as a fundamental part of Head Start.
In addition to the educational opportunities for children, Head Start provides many individualized educational skill and involvement opportunities for parents, included among the many avenues are literacy classes, parenting classes, educational and employment training opportunities within and outside Head Start, and parent meetings. Also, parents may serve as representatives on Policy Council, which is the governing body of the Head Start Program.
Over 300 children currently receive services through Head Start centers located throughout the New River Valley .
Contact the Head Start administrative office or the local New River Community Action office in your area for more information.
We are pleased and excited to announce that New River Community Action Head Start and New River Community College have joined efforts to serve the New River Valley. A Head Start classroom will be located on the college campus serving seventeen three and four year old children. These parents will be enrolled in the NRCC Accountability to Student Learning Program which provides NRCC case manager services (Connection Specialists) in addition to the Head Start Family/Health Advocate for family services. These services are critical to ensure that Head Start parents are successful. (This Head Start Early Learning Center classroom will be an option for parents throughout the NRV and will also serve as a Lab classroom for the NRCC Early Childhood Education and Human Services programs.) Please apply through our website or your local Head Start center.
Click here for Montgomery County application
Blacksburg Head Start
701 Church St.,
Office phone: 540-552-0490
Christiansburg Head Start
Office Phone: 540-381-7559
135 Church Street,
Family Educators and Family/Health Advocate
Click here for Giles County application
Narrows Head Start
111 Mary St.,
Narrows, VA 24124
Pearisburg Head Start
1105 Henson Ave.,
Macy McClaugherty Elem. School
1001 Henson Avenue
Pearisburg, VA 24134
Head Start Early Learning Center
New River Community College
5251 College Drive,
Dublin, VA 24084
Please select the application link for your hometown and then select NRCC as your program choice.