Head StartMission: 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.



National Head Start




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 Service Workers

Phone: 540-381-7585

Radford Head Start

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

Floyd Head Start

Family Educator /Family Service Worker office
216 Parkway Lane

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

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

Pearisburg Head Start

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

Pulaski Head Start

14 Sixth St, Pulaski, VA 24301

Phone:  540-994-5740



Click here for Head Start Program Annual Report for 2010-11.

Head Start Parents: Click here for Survey