City of Chattanooga

Head Start and Early Head Start

Dental Services

We recognize that it can be difficult to find pediatric dentists for very young children. Nevertheless, dental care is very important for our students so we ensure every child has at least one dental check per year. With the permission of the parents, a dentist volunteers to come to each of our classrooms to do a dental screening. We then report any findings to parents and assist with any necessary follow- up appointments. If a family simply needs a dental home, we can provide them with a current list of pediatric dentists in our community and, if they need, we will help them with their initial appointments.   

Height and Weight Screenings

We assess each child’s height and weight to measure size and follow growth patterns. If parents have any concerns, we ensure they are referred to service best suited for their needs.

Nutrition Services

We serve every student in our program well-balanced, nutritious meals while they are in our care. All children are served breakfast and lunch. Many of our students also will enjoy an afternoon snack. Not only will our students eat healthfully during the day, they will also learn about healthy foods and practice healthy options as part of the Color Me Healthy curriculum used in our classrooms. Our students benefit from classroom food activities that spark curiosity, learning, and healthy eating habits.

Immunizations and Physicals

We realize that it can be difficult to keep up with the recommended immunization and physical schedule.  Our team of nurses will help parents keep their children up to date and are here to answer any questions they may have. We maintain a current list of pediatricians and can help parents find the best medical home for their children.

Mental Health Services

Mental health is how we think, feel, and act in order to face life’s situations. Mental health is how we look at ourselves,
our lives, and the people we know and care about. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, evaluate
our options, and make choices. Like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life.

Everyone has mental health.

The Head Start/ Early Head Start Program’s Mental Health Team has the opportunity to help families and children
address the many challenges they may face. We have a strong, concrete prevention program that educates staff, parents,
and children in a way that allows them to practice newfound skills and receive support. We are here to help answer your questions and to help you ensure the emotional well-being of you and your family.

If you would like to talk to our mental health professional about anger management, parenting/positive discipline, anxiety, ADHD, sibling rivalry or any other topic, simply fill out the form below and someone will contact you as quickly as possible!