Head Start

It is a Federal program for preschool children from low-income families. The program is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the United States. Children who attend participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe environment. Head Start/Early Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. The program serves children 6 weeks to 4 years of age, who meet the Federal income guidelines. 

Eligibility: Click here to see if your child is eligible for this program.

Ages Served: 6 weeks to 4 years old

Contact: There are multiple Head Starts within Chattanooga. Click here to find the contact information for each one. 


Singal Centers- Children's Program

Program serves both typically-developing children as well as those with disabilities/special needs, ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Speech, feeding, vision, occupational, and physical therapies are offered on-site. Children’s program has two components: Early Intervention and Pre-school. The Children’s Program has three locations, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Athens.

Contact: Pam Hudson

Phone: (423) 698-8528, Ext. 219
Location: 109 N. Germantown Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411

Siskins Children's Institute- Early Learning Center

Education: Early learning center for young children with and without disabilities ages 6 weeks to pre-K. Serves children with and without disabilities. Locations include Downtown Chattanooga 


Location: 1101 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Office: (423) 648-1700
TTY: (423) 648-1739
Fax: (423) 648-1749

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Chattanooga Autism Center

1400 McCallie Avenue, Suite 100

Chattanooga, TN 37404

(423) 531-6961 (option 2)

Fax: (423) 521-8094