A girl plays and paints outside as part of Save the Children's Head Start Program. Photo Credit: Save the Children 2017.

Keziah makes a creature out of playdough at her Save the Children Head Start Center in Louisiana.

Giving Children a Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded programs that provide early learning opportunities to children birth through age 5 growing up in poverty, during their most critical stages of development. But communities where children need these programs sometimes struggle to maintain high-quality Head Start programs that meet national standards. This problem is particularly acute in isolated, rural communities where alternative programs for young children are limited or non-existent.

Since 2011, Save the Children has applied for and been awarded grants to lead Head Start and Early Head Start programs in rural communities in four states – Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and North Dakota. To provide the children and families we serve with comprehensive services, we hire qualified candidates, provide intensive training, refurbish classrooms and playgrounds and equip our teachers with research-based curriculums that help stimulate young minds and activate little hands and bodies.

We also use our innovative and highly successful home visiting program, Early Steps to School Success, and incorporate learnings into Early Head Start programs to serve expectant mothers and their young children.

As one of a few multi-state Head Start providers in the country, Save the Children is able to achieve cost savings through scale. We draw on the rich early childhood expertise of our staff and lead training and mentoring opportunities. Plus, as a Head Start provider that focuses exclusively on rural America, we are proud to build early childhood development capacity in communities that need it most.

Where We Work


Save the Children currently leads Head Start and Early Head Start Programs at 3 centers in Eastern Arkansas, serving 80 children, families and expectant mothers.

Arkansas Administration Office
2022 East Broadway, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335
(870) 494-4010


Save the Children currently leads Head Start and Early Head Start Programs at 10 centers in Jefferson Davis Parish and Rapides Parish, serving more than 1,015 children, families and expectant mothers.

Jefferson Davis Parish Administration Office
306 S Lake Arthur Avenue, Jennings, Louisiana 70546
(337) 616-9556

Rapides Parish Administration Office
3600 Jackson Street, Suite 114, Alexandria, Louisiana 71303
(318) 625-7337


Save the Children currently leads Head Start and Early Head Start Programs at seven centers in Sunflower County, serving more than 500 children, families and expectant mothers.

Mississippi Administration Office
701 E Chapman Street, Indianola, Mississippi 38751
(662) 452-5098

North Dakota

Save the Children current leads Head Start Programs at two centers in Williams County and McKenzie County, serving 85 children and their families.

North Dakota Administration Office
409 7th Avenue E, Williston, North Dakota 58801
(701) 214-4053

Are you interested in working in a Save the Children Head Start program? Check out career opportunities here!


Annual Reports

Arkansas | Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana | North Dakota | Rapides Parish, Louisiana

State Fact Sheets

Arkansas | Louisiana | Mississippi | North Dakota


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