City of Chattanooga

Head Start and Early Head Start

What is Chattanooga Head Start and Early Head Start?

The Chattanooga Head Start and Early Head Start program has been promoting the school readiness of Hamilton County’s children ages birth to five years since 1965. We believe the best way to prepare our children is to support the development of the whole child and give parents the resources they need to achieve their goals. Our classrooms provide a positive learning environment and our credentialed teachers use research based curricula to create developmental goals that are specifically tailored to each child.

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Karitsa Jones

Director of Early Learning

Christy Vandergriff

Deputy Director of Early Learning


Erica Jones

Multi-Disciplinary Team Manager of Parent, Family, Community and Engagement


Michelle Anderson

Fiscal Manager



We welcome all children including those with disabilities. We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) so that we are able to provide nutritious meals daily.