Head Start

Head Start Department

The Head Start program provides a pre-school learning experience for three and four-year old children from low-income families and children with disabilities, coupled with a holistic emphasis on health, nutrition, social services and special services for children with identified disabilities through full parent involvement and participation.

Ninety percent of the children supported by Head Start must come from low-income families. The income guidelines are determined by the federal government and are revised annually. Ten percent of the children enrolled in our Head Start Program must be allocated for children with disabilities.

Programs operate four days per week, four hours per day, September through May, in the six counties region.






Front row: Sherrie Gregory, Chasity Farris Back row: Claudia Ryan, Angie Kinder, Virginia Berry, Kathleen Simonson, Karlene Carson, Holly Tucker, Lana Stuart



Alton Head Start

Michele Myers

Center Manager

417-778-7579


Grovespring Head Start

Betty Martin

Center Manager

417-462-3333


Mountain Grove Head Start

Angel Floyd

Center Manager

417-926-5170


Willow Springs Head Start

Cathey Thompson

Center Manager

417-469-2893

Ava Head Start

Betsy Alaimo

Center Manager

417-683-5217


Houston Head Start

Susie Lay

Center Manager

417-967-4111


Mountain View Head Start

Cathey Thompson

Center Manager

417-934-6918


Cabool Head Start

Angel Floyd

Center Manager

417-962-4086


Licking Head Start

Susie Lay

Center Manager

573-647-2100


Thayer Head Start

Michele Myers

Center Manager

417-264-2089


Gainesville Head Start

Betsy Alaimo

Center Manager

417-679-4340


Mansfield Head Start

Betty Martin

Center Manager

417-924-8421


West Plains Head Start

Rayetta Beach

Center Manager

417-256-8823