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About Head Start


The Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative Head Start/Early Head Start Program serves 309 preschool children and 80 infants, toddlers and prenatal women in a predominantly rural eight-county area adjoining the urban sprawl of Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky on the Ohio River in Northern Central Kentucky.  A variety of program options including full-day/full-year center-based programs, school day school year center-based programs and home-based Early Head Start programs are available to meet the specific needs of the population served as determined by the annual Community Needs Assessment.  Applications for our Head Start and Early Head Start programs are taken throughout the year by our Family Advocates at the site locations they serve. Click here for ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Through the Early Head Start-Childcare Partnership Grantthe Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative will partner with 8 private childcare providers in North Central Kentucky to expand Early Head Start services for children under the age of three and improve the quality of existing early childhood programs.  Their partners will include Type I licensed centers in Bullitt, Franklin, Jefferson, Owen  and Spencer Counties.  The new Early Head Start Childcare Partnership will directly affect 193 children and their families, while the improved quality of centers will benefit nearly 1,500 children enrolled in partnering providers' centers. Click here for ENROLLMENT INFORMATION. 


Our Vision

Advancing Early Childhood Education

Our Mission

Provides families and children comprehensive services to ensure success

Our Beliefs

Children have a right to

  • be healthy
  • receive quality instruction
  • be school ready
  • be respected

Families have a right to

  • receive needed services
  • community support
  • be the primary educator 
  • receive support to break the cycle of poverty

Staff and Child Care Partners have a right to

  • professional development including opportunities for advancement through professional learning and credentialing 
  • be empowered to become instructional leaders

Families, Children and staff have a right to

  •  become lifelong learners
  •  be held to personal accountability
  •  be in a safe environment
  •  be respected for their unique cultures and values


School Readiness Goals

  • Kentucky Head Start School Readiness Goals
  • Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Outcomes
  • OVEC Head Start School Readiness Program Goals

By working together in collaboration with parents and healthcare providers, OVEC Head Start’s goal is to identify and address possible health concerns that may impact a child’s educational outcomes.  See our Health Services Brochure for more information about our services.


USDA Statement of Non-Discrimination

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) 

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442Phone Icon or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339Phone Icon; or (800) 845-6136Phone Icon (in Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

Contact Us

Kim Fithian - Director for Head Start Programs

Adrianna Whitfill - Executive Assistant

Kelsey Turley - Program Operations Manager

Donna Taylor - Education Manager

Felicia Jackson - ERSEA Manager

Karen Wilder - Family Services Manager

Tara Truckor - Family Services Manager

Debbie Jones - Financial Services Manager

Patty Wireman - Resource Supporter

Prevent Child Abuse

1-800-CHILDREN is a statewide helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Trained volunteers are there to provide parents and caregivers with information, support and/or referrals in communities across Kentucky.

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