Save the Children expands Head Start and Early Head Start offerings in North Carolina. Photo by Matthew Morrison, Save the Children

Save the Children expands Head Start and Early Head Start offerings in North Carolina. Photo by Matthew Morrison, Save the Children

Save the Children Expands Head Start Programs in North Carolina, Following Legacy of Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency

Save the Children To Serve 300+ Children and Their Families in Three Counties

SALISBURY, N.C. (August 2, 2019) Save the Children, which has operated Head Start and Early Head Start programs since 2011, has further expanded operations in North Carolina and will now serve children and families in three additional counties, including Stanly, Montgomery and Moore, the nonprofit announced today. The program will serve 324 children, including 220 children (ages 3 to 5) in the Head Start program and 104 infants and toddlers (birth to age 3) in the Early Head Start program. Services will begin this fall with enrollment commitments to children with special needs, children in foster care and to families experiencing homelessness. Earlier this summer, Save the Children announced it will lead Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Cabarrus County serving 118 children.

Save the Children has assumed operations from Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency (SRCAA), which administered high-quality services in these three counties for over 25 years. Rocky Cabagnot, Executive Director, shared, “In consultation with Head Start, a decision was made that Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency (SRCAA) could better meet its mission of providing quality Head Start and Early Head Start services by refocusing its programming in Davidson and Rowan Counties. While that decision means that SRCAA is removing its operations from Stanly, Montgomery and Moore Counties, we believe that these communities are in good hands with Save the Children. SRCAA is forever grateful for the opportunity to serve the children and families of Stanly, Montgomery and Moore Counties for all these years.” 

“Save the Children is proud to build on the legacy of service and commitment to children and families by Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency and looking forward to leading Head Start and Early Head Start programs for children and families who deserve them most,”  said Khari Garvin, Save the Children’s Executive Director of Head Start.

Head Start and Early Head Start are federally-funded programs that offer early learning opportunities to children birth to age 5 and their families living in poverty. The programs provide comprehensive services, including education, health, social-emotional and family engagement, to address the developmental needs of children and families. Save the Children currently operates Head Start and Early Head Start programs in rural communities in four states –  Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and North Dakota – serving more than 1,600 children and their families.

For more about Save the Children’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs, visit For additional information about Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency, visit

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