Head Start

Kno Ho Co Ashland CAC operates a federal Head Start site at 6 locations in the service area. Head Start is a federally funded preschool specifically for low income children ages 3 to 5. 

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. 

Head Start programs are operated by local organizations, usually nonprofits, but not always. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, enjoy healthy meals and snacks, and play outdoors and indoors in a safe setting. Head Start centers are required to meet all State and local licensing regulations. 

Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally and physically while assisting them with school readiness. 

The majority of the children served in Head Start are low income, below 130% of the national poverty guidelines. About ten percent of the children served may be above income and are selected based on need. 

Kno Ho Co Ashland CAC currently operates half day Head Start programs at all 5 locations. Children attend for 3.5 hours per day, for 128 days during a school year. Classes typically begin in September and last until mid-May. Classes are held Monday through Thursday with Fridays available to staff for training. 

Head Start teachers must have a degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Many of the teachers hold State of Ohio Teaching licenses. Assistant teachers must have a minimum of a CDA certificate, but many have taken college level classes in Early Childhood Education. 

Kno Ho Co Ashland CAC Head Start centers participate in the State of Ohio’s Step Up to Quality rating system. All centers have been rated as 4 stars.

Ashland County Head Start centers are located in the villages of Sullivan and Loudonville in Ashland County and in the City of Ashland. 

In Holmes County centers are located in the villages of Glenmont and Millersburg. 

Children with disabilities are welcome in the Head Start program and may receive special services or therapies. 

Some Head Start centers provide transportation by Licensed Ohio School Bus.

Applications for low income children to attend Head Start are available starting in March of each year for the following fall.  Applications are taken via telephone at 330-377-4567.

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Income Guidelines:

Children ages 3-5 from low-income families in Holmes and Ashland Counties.

Education - Experiences designed to meet the child's individual needs.
Health - Identification of health and dental problems and corrective actions including seeking resources for parents as needed to assure their children receive adequate health care services.
Nutrition - Meals provided to all children meeting 2/3 of their daily food allowance. All foods are USDA approved.
Parent Involvement - Critical involvement of parents in their child's education and in Head Start activities.
Social Services - Assisting families to access their strengths and meet their needs.
Disabilities - Children are assessed for disabling conditions and given services to meet their special needs.
Mental Health - Minimum of 2 classroom observations per year including follow-up staff meetings. Mental Health consultants available for staff-parents-children.

To serve 339 eligible children. To provide these children with 128 days of class, each day a minium of 3 ½ hours in length.

At or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Holmes County Head Start Sites

Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Head Start
Glenmont Community Building

108 Main Street

Glenmont, Ohio  44628

Phone (330) 377-4567

Fax:  (330) 377-4595

Email:  KHCAHeadStart@knohoco.org

Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Head Start

Millersburg Head Start

224 N Clay Street

Millersburg, Ohio 44654

Phone (330) 674-9100

Fax:  (330) 674-1615

Email:  KHCAHeadStart@knohoco.org

Ashland County Head Start Sites

Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Head Start
527 East Liberty Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Phone: (419) 281-8001
Fax: (419) 281-3909
Email:  KHCAHeadStart@knohoco.org

Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Head Start
Sullivan Center
241 Township Road 481 
Sullivan, Ohio  44880
Phone: (419) 736-2787
Fax: (419) 736-2789
Email:  KHCAHeadStart@knohoco.org

Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Head Start
Loudonville Center
615 State Route 39
Loudonville, Ohio 44842
Phone: (419) 994-3258 
Fax: (419) 994-2088
Email:  KHCAHeadStart@knohoco.org

Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Head Start
Ashland West (across from the fairgrounds)
1797 Seddon Court
Ashland, Ohio  44805
Phone: (419) 496-0466

Fax: (419) 496-0632
Email:  KHCAHeadStart@knohoco.org

Funding Provided by United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children, Youth, and Families