HCESC Head Start is part of the Hamilton County Educational Service Center.

Former Director Kathy Tirey on the Hamilton County ESC Early Learning and Head Start Programs.

Head Start is a federal funded early childhood program designed to provide comprehensive services to young children and emphasizes parent engagement. The program serves children and families who are most at risk in the community.

Program Design

  • 3–5-year-old children in full days and half-day sessions
  • Feeding of children during the session is provided through the CACFP
  • Comprehensive educational program that focuses on the whole child
  • Research-based curriculum and assessment system aligned with Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards and Federal Head Start Framework
  • Ongoing assessment and data collection of child’s growth and development
  • Vision and hearing screenings
  • Developmental screenings
  • Physical and dental examinations and follow-up
  • Family engagement through home/school communications, conferences, and home visits
  • Family partnership agreements with parents are developed to achieve family goals
  • Collaboration with community resources for medical, oral health, mental health, and social services


Assumption1500 McMakin Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45231513.674.4367
Assumption North7754 Joseph St. Cincinnati, OH 45231513.674.4370
C.T. Young401 N. Miami, Cleves OH 45002513.941.0914
Glendale930 Congress Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45246513.864.1334
Holmes8688 Donna Ln. Cincinnati, OH 45236513.674.4358
Houston ELC3310 Compton Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45251513.728.7978
*Kemper Heights924 Waycross Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45240513.674.4299
Kids Thrive5505 Cheviot Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45247513.674.4329
Learning Center5017 Marion Ave. Norwood, OH 45212513.674.4378
Lincoln Heights1113 Adams St. Cincinnati, OH 45215513.864.2435
Lockland125 S. Cooper Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45215513.587.8120
Mercer2600 Bartels Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45244513.232.7000
North College Hill6997 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45231513.674.4392
Norwood View5328 Carthage Ave. Norwood, OH 45212513.924.2996
Sharpsburg4321 Forest Ave. Norwood, OH 45212513.924.2529
Southwest10800 Campbell Rd. Harrison, OH 45030513.367.5228
Springmyer4179 Ebenezer Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45248513.674.4329
Symmes11820 Enyart Rd, Loveland, OH 45140513.686.1746

The Head Start Advantage

Explore the lives of Head Start students, parents, teachers, and alumni working to envision and create a better world for all Americans. You will get to know Head Start families throughout the country and see first-hand how the program has given more than 33 million Americans a “head start” on their education.

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