Head Start sensory tableMission: NRCA’s Head Start mission is to build on the unique strengths of children and families; through positive engagement, health education and a quality preschool experience.

NRCA’s Head Start prepares children for lifelong success through school readiness by partnering with families to support goals in the home and school environment.

Head Start is a federally-funded preschool program which offers comprehensive developmental services to children 3-5 years of age. Children with special needs comprise at least ten percent of the enrollment. The primary components of Head Start are education, social services, preventative health and nutrition. The program focuses on the entire family, and includes parent involvement as a fundamental part of Head Start . Classroom-based and home-based options provide each child with a solid foundation for learning. Transportation is provided.


In addition to the educational opportunities for children, Head Start provides many individualized educational skill and involvement opportunities for parents, included among the many avenues are literacy classes, parenting classes, educational and employment training opportunities within and outside Head Start, and parent meetings. Also, parents may serve as representatives on Policy Council, which is the governing body of the Head Start Program.


Over 300 children currently receive services through Head Start centers located throughout the New River Valley .

Contact the Head Start administrative office or the local New River Community Action office in your area for more information.


We are pleased and excited to announce that New River Community Action Head Start and New River Community College have joined efforts to serve the New River Valley. A Head Start classroom will be located on the college campus serving seventeen three and four year old children.  These parents will be enrolled in the NRCC Accountability to Student Learning Program which provides NRCC case manager services (Connection Specialists) in addition to the Head Start Family/Health Advocate for family services.  These services are critical to ensure that Head Start parents are successful. (This Head Start Early Learning Center classroom will be an option for parents throughout the NRV and will also serve as a Lab classroom for the NRCC Early Childhood Education and Human Services programs.) Please apply through our website or your local Head Start center.

Click here for Montgomery Co. Application

Blacksburg Head Start
701 Church St.,
Blacksburg 24060
Office phone: 540-552-0490
Fax: 552-3279

Christiansburg Head Start

Office Phone: 540-381-7559
Fax: 381-2085
135 Church Street,
Christiansburg, 24073

Family Educators and Family/Health Advocate

Phone: 540-381-7585

Click here for Floyd Co. Application

Floyd Head Start

Family Educators and Family/Health Advocate
323 Floyd Highway South
PO Box 849,
Floyd, VA 24091
Phone: 540-745-2120
Fax 745-2106

Floyd Elementary School
531 Oak Hill Dr SW,
Floyd, 24091
Phone: 540- 745 –9440 x 4673
Fax 745-9494

Click here for Giles Co. Application

Narrows Head Start
111 Mary St.,
Narrows, VA 24124
Phone: 540-726-2700

Narrows Elementary School
401 West Wolf Street,
Narrows, VA 24124
Phone: 540-726-2391

Pearisburg Head Start
1105 Henson Ave.,
Pearisburg 24134
Phone: 540-921-2355
Fax 921-2435

Macy McClaugherty School
1001 Henson Ave.,
Pearisburg 24134
Phone: 540- 921-1363

Click here for Radford Application

Radford Head Start
306 West Main Street,
Radford 24141
Phone: 540-731-4107

Head Start Early Learning Center
New River Community College
5251 College Drive,
Dublin, VA 24084
Phone: 540-674-3600

Please select the application link  for your hometown and then select NRCC as your program choice.

Click here for Pulaski Application

Pulaski Head Start
14 Sixth St, Pulaski,
VA 24301
Phone:  540-994-5740

Email completed applications to: headstrt@nrcaa.org

Click here for Head Start Annual Report 13-14