Head Start / Early Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start is a national program that is federally funded and administered under the Department of Health and Human Services. The United States Government provides 80% of Head Start/Early Head Start funding while the remaining 20% must be provided by community sources, ensuring that each Head Start/Early Head Start Program reflects the strengths, needs, concerns, and cultures of the local community.

Early Head Start, offered in many of North Central WV Community Action’s counties including Marion, Preston, Randolph, and Tucker provides Center and Home Based services to prenatal families and families with children ages birth to three, who are income eligible. Early Head Start was initiated in response to the changing needs of families and research indicating the critical importance of the early years to a child’s healthy growth and development. The Early Head Start Program provides and supports comprehensive activities designed to foster this healthy growth and development.

The Head Start Program promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of preschool children three to five years of age in income eligible families in Barbour, Marion, Monongalia, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, and Webster Counties. The North Central WV Community Action Association Head Start/Early Head Start Program has emerged as a leader in collaboration with County Boards of Education in the implementation of Universal Pre-K education. Offering preschool children the opportunity to receive education in schools in their home attendance areas is one of the major goals of Universal Pre-K. Through partnerships, children and families are able to receive support services such as health, nutrition, and social services. This system enhances parent involvement in their children’s learning and helps them in making progress toward their educational, literacy, and employment goals.

North Central offers Head Start / Early Head Start programs in the following counties:
Barbour, Marion, Monongalia, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph,
Taylor, Tucker, and Webster

Contact Information
Barbour County
406 Chestnut Street
Philippi, WV 26416
Phone: (304) 457-2181
Fax: (304) 457-6036
Children Services Supervisor:
Nancy Keller
Marion County
1304 Goose Run Road
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: (304) 363-3311
Fax: (304) 366-8846
Children Services Supervisors:
Roberta DeMarco
Christine White
Monongalia County (Delegate)
1433 Dorsey Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: (304) 292-9330
Fax: (304) 292-9324

Monongalia County Manager of Head Start/Pre-K
Brenda Yohn
(304)291-9330 ext. 114

Pocahontas County
806 9th Avenue
Marlinton, WV 24954
Phone: (304) 799-4082
Fax: (304) 799-4109
Children Services Supervisor
Gene Purkey
Preston County
104 E. Main Street, Suite 2
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: (304) 329-1028
Fax: (304) 329-1170
Children Service Coordinator
Carla Adams
Randolph County
938 S. Davis Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241
Phone: (304) 636-2188 or
(304) 636-5008
Fax: (304) 637-4718
Children Services Assistant
Gene Purkey
Taylor County
20 E. Main Street
Grafton, WV 26354
Phone: (304) 265-3200
Fax: (304) 265-5037
Children Services Supervisor
Cindy Steenstra
Tucker County
PO Box 361
513 Central Avenue
Parsons, WV 26287
Phone: (304) 478-3536
Fax: (304) 478-6235
Community Services Supervisor
Nancy Keller
Webster County
PO Box 724
60 Railroad Avenue
Cowen, WV 26206
Phone: (304) 226-5991
Fax: (304) 226-5635
Children Services Supervisor:
Nancy Keller