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DISCLAIMER: The CAC has compiled lists of autism-related resources in our region to help you save time searching for them on the web. This list of service providers is for informational purposes only and being listed does not constitute the endorsement of the CAC. 


If you would like us to add a resource or update a resource, contact us at 423-531-6961 opt. 0 or email

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 - 4 years old

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


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. 400 
Location: 109 N. Germantown Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411

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