Head Start

Early Childhood Education

I-CARE, Inc. Head Start is one of the largest early childhood education programs in Iredell and Catawba Counties serving 351 children. We have established quality educational environments with a proven track record of serving low-income families.

Unlike many traditional child care and other early education programs, Head Start focuses on preparing children for school, working to develop each child’s  social and learning skills through:

  • High Quality Education
  • Individualized Curriculum
  • Family Case Management
  • Disability Services and Support
  • Mental Health Services for Children and Families
  • Meal Plans
  • Health Screenings and assistance (Including Dental, Vision and Hearing)

Who Is Eligible for Head Start?

Head Start services offer free services to families who reside in Iredell and Catawba counties and meet federal low-income guidelines. Families who receive public assistance or other benefits may also be eligible.

Staff Contacts

Titania Stockton – Director of Children’s Services – titania.stockton@icare-inc.org

Joy Abernathy – ERSEA/Nutrition Services Manager – joy.abernathy@icare-inc.org

Alecia Holmes – Facilities/Transportation Manager – alecia.turner@icare-inc.org

Kisha Hawthorne – Education/Mental Health Manager – kisha.hawthorne@icare-inc.org

For more information and/or to speak to a staff person, please call (704) 873-2858 in Iredell County or (828) 464-1108 in Catawba County.

To download an application for Head Start assistance, please click here. (Para la aplicación del Condado de Iredell en español, haga clic el enlace de arriba.)

I-CARE utilizes funding from the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program to support the nutrition services in Head Start.

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
here, 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) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

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