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Our Vision Advancing Early Childhood Education

Our Mission Provides families and children comprehensive services to ensure success

Our Beliefs

Children have a right to

  • be healthy

  • receive quality instruction

  • be school ready

  • be respected

Families have a right to

  • receive needed services

  • community support

  • be the primary educator 

  • receive support to break the cycle of poverty

Staff and Child Care Partners have a right to

  • professional development including opportunities for advancement through

        professional learning and credentialing 

  • be empowered to become instructional leaders

Families, Children and staff have a right to

  •  become lifelong learners

  •  be held to personal accountability

  •  be in a safe environment

  •  be respected for their unique cultures and values


School Readiness Goals

  • Kentucky Head Start School Readiness Goals

  • Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Outcomes

  • OVEC Head Start School Readiness Program Goals


By working together in collaboration with parents and healthcare providers, OVEC Head Start’s goal is to identify and address possible health concerns that may impact a child’s educational outcomes.  See our Health Services Brochure for more information about our services.

The Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative Head Start/Early Head Start Program serves 309 preschool children and 80 infants, toddlers and prenatal women in a predominantly rural eight-county area adjoining the urban sprawl of Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky on the Ohio River in Northern Central Kentucky.  A variety of program options including full-day/full-year center-based programs, school day school year center-based programs and home-based Early Head Start programs are available to meet the specific needs of the population served as determined by the annual Community Needs Assessment.  Applications for our Head Start and Early Head Start programs are taken throughout the year by our Family Advocates at the site locations they serve.

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