Early Childhood Education

Action Pathways believes that education is the key to a sustainable future for individuals and communities. Building a foundation for lifelong learning begins at an early age. That’s why the Early Childhood Education division is focused on providing the right start in a safe, age-appropriate learning environment for children ages birth to 5 through the Head Start program.

Administrative Office
(910) 487-9800
5135 Morganton Road
Fayetteville, NC 28314

Center Locations
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Action Pathways Head Start's teachers and staff share their experiences of working for the program, how they are impacting the lives of Cumberland County's youngest and brightest and how the program is impacting them while thier doing it. From impacting the lives of children to personal and professional triumph, these ladies (and men) walk away better than they were before coming to Head Start.  Listen to Ms. Anderson, Ms. Edwards and Ms. Felder as they explain the impacts Head Start has had on them.

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Dr. Luciana Yarborough avid community advocate, proud parent and Action Pathways Head Start's Policy Council President sits downs and recounts her time as a Head Start student where, she says, she first fell in love with education. 


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LaranaDavis.jpg Larana Davis, parent and volunteer for Head Start, tells us why she has loved giving her time to the early childhood development program for so many years. Ever since her enrolling her first child in Actioin Pathways Head Start 14 years ago, she has been a dedicated volunteer, making sure she was a part of each of her children's success in the program. Her contribution as both a mother and volunteer is invaulable and she wants other parents to know that any time they are able to give to Head Start, they should.

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About Head Start

Head Start is a Federally funded child development program that provides free social and educational opportunities for income eligible children from ages 0-5, including children with special needs and pregnant women. The program is designed to prepare eligible children with essential skills needed to enter the public school system. Head Start is FREE to eligible participants.

All children that are enrolled in Head Start centers receive breakfast and lunch and afternoon snacks. Meal service is included at Early/Head Start because of the comprehensive approach of services and recognition that good nutrition is an important part of helping children to be successful learners.

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Is my family eligible for Head Start?

Eligibility for Early/Head Start is based on the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines which are updated each year by the Census Bureau. Head Start families' income may not exceed the poverty line. However, programs are allowed to accept a limited number of families that earn more than the guidelines allow, so it is best to check with the program to determine if you are eligible.

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How do I apply?

To apply for your child, please contact our office at (910) 487-9800. You will need to fill out the application, and bring it to our office at 5135 Morganton Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28314. Applications will be accepted Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm.

Documents required for the application process include:

  • the child's birth certificate
  • immunization record
  • medicaid or insurance card
  • income verification (past 12 months)
  • proof of residence (driver's license, medicaid card, utility/phone bill or lease)

Once you complete and turn in the application, the following process will take place:

  • Your application will be processed and your child will be placed on the waiting list.
  • Children are pulled from the waiting list as center openings become available.
  • You will be contacted by a Family Advocate when your child will be enrolled in a center.

If you have any questions, you may give us a call at (910) 487-9800. Once you have been contacted by Head Start for enrollment, the Physical Exam and the Dental Health Record forms need to be completed and returned to our office.

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How do I find a program near me?

Contact the Early/Head Start Administrative Office at 910-487-9800 or visit 5135 Morganton Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314.

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What if my child has special needs?

Early/Head Start is required to reserve at least 10% of enrollment for eligible children with special needs. The Early/Head Start programs have specially trained staff to provide additional support for children with special needs. If your child has a disability or you are concerned that your child may have a special need, please inform the program when you first call. You may also ask to speak to the program coordinator who works with children with special needs. At the time of application, staff will encourage you to sign a release of information to speak with any specialists or agencies that have worked with your child in the past. While this is not required, it does help develop a comprehensive plan for your child’s transition into Early/Head Start.

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Will Head Start provide transportation to my child's center?

Head Start does provide transportation services to eligible families within a 5 mile radius of centers. Early Head Start does not transport children to the centers.

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Is it true that Head Start staff make home visits?

Yes. Because parents are full partners with staff in their children’s education, we have found that home visits which are scheduled twice a year with your child’s teacher are a terrific way to foster a home-school connection to discuss your child’s development, goals and progress Children are usually very excited to show their teachers where they live, and to see their parents and teachers talking together about what they are doing at Head Start! Building on strengths, Family Advocates work with families to support them in meeting goals that they have identified. Frequent contact by phone and home visits will be made to check on goal progress during the year.

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