Is There A Head Start/ Early Head Start Program Near You?

The Office of Human Affairs Head Start Program has been providing quality preschool education services for over 45 years. Currently, programs are offered in 8 centers on the Peninsula, in Newport News and Hampton, and in 13 on the Southside, in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake.  Centers with Early Head Start programs are in blue.

Hampton Avenue Center
610 Hampton Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607

Tiny People’s Progress
612 16th Street
Newport News, VA 23607

A Child’s World
600 Ridley Circle
Newport News, VA 23607

Clark Center
392 Maple Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607

Denbigh Head Start Center
14302 Old Courthouse Way
Newport News, VA  23602
Fax:  757-283-6890

Robert D. Ayers, Jr. Center
14357 Deloice Crescent
Newport News, VA 23602

Mallory Elementary School
331 Big Bethel Road
Hampton, VA 23666
Fax: 757-224-9069

Calvert Square Center
975 Bagnall Road
Norfolk, VA 23504

Grandy Village Center
2971 Kimball Circle
Norfolk, VA 23504

Newpointe Center
1025 Newtown Road
Norfolk, VA 23502

Oakmont North
7241 Oakmont Drive
Norfolk, VA 23513

St. Mary's Center
921 Holt Street
Norfolk, VA 23504

Wellington Oaks Center
1247 Bunsen Court
Norfolk, VA 23513

Cavalier Annex
404 Viking Street
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Cavalier Manor Center
1218 Cavalier Boulevard
Portsmouth, VA 23701

J.E. Parker Center
2430 Turnpike Road
Portsmouth, VA 23704

Portsmouth Center
3303 Airline Boulevard
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Broadlawn Center
1745 Acorn Street
Chesapeake, VA 23324

Carver Center
2603 Broad Street
Chesapeake, VA 23324

Churchland Center
120 American Legion Road
Chesapeake, VA 23321


Part-Day Session
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Double Session
7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Full Day/Year Session
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



610 Hampton Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607

Phone: 757.246.9170
Fax: 757.246.9175
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Nancy M. Null
Head Start / Early Head Start Director


hs-photoHead Start is a federally funded early childhood pre-school program for 1,382 children of low income families. Children must be 3 or 4 years of age and must live in the Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk or Portsmouth communities. Some spaces may be reserved for over income families. Services are available for children with significant disabilities. Comprehensive services for children and families are: Health; Education; Nutrition; Family Services; Mental Health/Disabilities; Parent Involvement; Community/Family Partnerships and Transportation for children residing in designated boundaries.

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heads-photosEarly Head Start is a program for at-risk infants and toddlers of pregnant teens/women who live in southeast Newport News. Children served range in age from birth to three.

Early Head Start is also a federally funded early childhood program for 32 at-risk infants and toddlers of pregnant teens/women who live in southeast Newport News. Children served range in age from birth to three. Some slots may be reserved for over income families. Services are offered to children with disabilities. Comprehensive services for children and families are: Health, Education, Nutrition, Parent Involvement, Family Services, Mental Health/Disabilities, and Community/Family Partnerships.

Early Head Start makes available: early intervention services; pre/post natal follow-up care for women and children; teen parents can remain in school, and others are able to pursue their educational, personal and family goals.

Early Head Start children may transition into Head Start, thus enhancing a concept of birth-to-four childcare, education in a familiar setting, with consistent childcare providers.


heads2-photosWe provide children with activities that help them to grow: mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Staff recognizes that parents are the first and most important nurturers/teachers of their children. They welcome parent involvement in all activities to include: the decision making process through participation in center meetings and Policy Council. Parents, staff and community agencies partner to ensure child progress.

Staff members offer children love, acceptance, understanding, and the opportunity to learn and to experience success. Children socialize with others. They solve problems and have other experiences to develop self confidence and social skills. Head Start uses the Creative Curriculum.

The children spend time in stimulating settings where they form good habits and enjoy playing with toys and working on tasks with classmates. Children leave Head Start more prepared for kindergarten, excited about learning and ready to succeed. Likewise, Early Head Start children transition easier into Head Start.


We offer families a sense of belonging, by providing support services, and a chance to be involved in activities to help the entire family.  Parents can take part in training classes such as: child-rearing, job training, learning about health and nutrition, and utilizing community resources.

Head Start/Early Head Start offers assistance to parents interested in obtaining a high school General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or other adult education opportunities.  Staff refers families needing help to: medical providers, social services, employment specialist, and/or others in the community, and will follow-up to be sure that families receive assistance. 

Parents can become volunteers to learn more about child development and program operations. This experience may later qualify parents for training, which can help them find employment, in the childcare field as well.  Parents can also have a voice in the program by serving on various committees.

For more information on the success of this program, download the 2014-2015 Annual Report.