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Mid-East CAA Head Start 2014-2015 Annual Community Report

              Mid-East CAA Head Start Community Resource Directory 

Tennessee 2011 Head Start Profile


National 2011 Head Start Profile


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Mid-East Community Action Agency (MECAA)

Head Start/Early Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher!

Head Start/Early Head Start Program is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five and pregnant women. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Head Start/Early Head Start services are responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

Head Start serves children 3 and 4 years of age. MECAA builds relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, and connections to peers and community.

Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Early Head Start programs are available to the family until the child turns 3 years old and is ready to transition into Head Start or another Pre-K program. Early Head Start helps families care for their infants and toddlers through early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive services.

Both Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services.


MECAA's Head Start/Early Head Start programs build relationships with families that support: 

  • Family well-being and positive parent-child relationships;
  • Families as learners and lifelong educators;
  • Family engagement in transitions; family connections to peers and community; and
  • Families as advocates and leaders. 

Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of the local community. MECAA provides Center Based Option and Home Based Options.

Center Based Option: Centers or Schools that children attend for part day services.

Home Based Option: Services are provided in the children's own homes, where a staff person visits once a week to provide services to the child and family. Children and families who receives home-based services gather twice per month with other enrolled families for a group learning experience facilitated by Head Start staff.


Overview of Our Achievements


Federal Review, Audits Indicate Excellence


In July 2012, a federal review team congratulated the staff, parents, Head Start Policy Council

and agency board members on the agency’s practices, procedures, and successes. The federal

team issued a final report, with no findings or deficiencies. The agency’s annual fiscal audit

(FY 2011), and the USDA/CACFP Review (2010) were also without any findings


From 5/6/2012 to 5/11/2012, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) conducted

an on-site monitoring review of the Mid-East Community Action Agency Head

Start and Early Head Start programs.


Based on the information gathered during our review, it was determined that our Head

Start and Early Head Start programs are in compliance with all applicable Head Start

Program Performance Standards, laws, regulations, and policy requirements.


During the Federal Monitoring Review, observations were conducted in preschool centerbased

classrooms using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). The CLASS

tool looks at three domains and ten dimensions of teacher-child interactions and

measures those observed interactions on a seven point scale.








Emotional Support


Classroom Organization


Instructional Support






The Star-Quality Child Care Program is a voluntary program that recognizes child care

agencies who exceed minimum licensing standards.

The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) is designed to assess group

programs for preschool-kindergarten aged children, from 2 through 5 years of age and

the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) is designed to assess group programs

for children from birth to 2 ½ years of age. These areas are scored on a scale of 1

to 7, with 1 being inadequate and 7 being excellent.







Harrison Hills



Registration for Early Head Start/Head Start Program

Parents with Children from birth to 5 years old, with income that meets federal guidelines may qualify for the Early Head Start/Head Start program.

Required Documentation 

  • ALL proof of family income (most recent tax return or pay stub for 12 consecutive months prior to application date)
  • Proof of receipt of Families First or SSI, if received in the last 12 months.
  • Your child's birth certificate
  • Your child's current physical
  • Your child's Social Security card (Pre-K Only)
  • Your child's Immunization on Tennessee State Form
  • Proof of your child's learning disability if applicable (i.e. IEP, IFSP or psychological evaluation)


If you would like to fill out an application, be sure to have all the required documentation with you as mentioned above and visit one of our centers listed below.


Thank you,





Head Start Administrative Office                                  

Race Street (Enter through Church Street)

Kingston, TN


Fax: 865.376.2347


Fairmont Center
131 Fairmont Avenue
Harriman, TN 37748
EHS Roane County Office
2305 N. Gateway Ave
Harriman, TN 37748
Harrison Hills Center
4384 Harrison Road
Lenoir City, TN 37771

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Mid- East Community Action Agency
Central Administrative Office
P.O. Box 790
315 East Race Street
Kingston TN 37763
Phone: (865) 248-8661
Fax: (865) 248-8664
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30am to 4:00pm

Friday 7:30am to 1:00pm

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