Head Start

Head Start

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.


Program Description

Greene Lamp Head Start is a comprehensive child development program serving low-income three and four year old children and their families in Lenoir and Greene Counties. Priority is given to four-year olds. Head Start provides services to 311 children and their families. Children must be 3 or 4 years of age on or before August 31st. The program’s major goal is to provide a child development program that will encompass educational, medical, dental, nutritional, mental health, social services, and parent needs, as they relate to the individual child and his/her family and community. Children with special needs are mainstreamed with other children. Head Start receives $1.5 million in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. A 20% match is provided by local agencies, local vendors, and volunteers. The Head Start project provides services to children for 6 hour days (8:00 am – 2:30 pm).

About the Head Start Program

Location: Greene Lamp Community Action Program Head Start
Counties Served: Greene and Lenoir
Year Program Began: 1966
Number of Children Served: 311
Full Day, Full Year (August – May)
Total Annual Budget: 2.1 million
Primary Funding Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/USDA

Key Features

  • 5 Star Centers
  • Five-Day/ Full Day Program Option
  • Kindergarten School-Readiness Goals
  • Creative Curriculum
  • Learning Through Play Activities
  • Child / Teacher Directed Activities
  • Transportation Services
  • Health and Nutrition Services
  • Parent / Family Supportive Services
  • Mainstreaming of Children (I.E.P),Individual and Group Activities
  • Case Management
  • Holistic Approach to Learning

“Not only does Greene Lamp utilizes their teaching skills to increase my child knowledge, but they also prepare my child for kindergarten! “


-HS Parent

Highland Center

Highland Center


A Five Star Center
1001 East Highland Ave. Kinston, NC

” Great experience for the young children to get themselves ready for preschool/ primary school. Working with the children is a great experience for myself because I learn something new with them everyday.”

Kaitlynne Grimes

-EHS Teacher

LaGrange Center

LeGrange Center


A Five Star Center
1001 East Highland Ave. Kinston, NC

Marvin B. Spencer Center

Marvin B. Spence Center


A Five Star Center
900 East Shine St.  Kinston, NC

South Greene (SG) Center

South Greene (SG) Center


A Five Star Center
602 West Harper St. Snow Hill, NC

“Head Start and Early Head Start is a good way to get the children prepared for school readiness goals. Personally, I love the program simply because it trains the children to become more independent.”

Anita Newborn

EHS Teacher

“My two children who attend Head Start and Early Head Start just come home telling me and my wife something new everyday, mainly songs from my 2 year old and my 4 year old tells us about story time they had in class. I love knowing my children are in a program that prepares them for school readiness.”


HS/EHS Parent

“I love the EHS program. Everyday my daughter is excited about going to school. She is doing things that I didn’t think she would be able to do at an early age like counting in English and Spanish, naming her colors, and singing songs. Thank you so much.”


-EHS Parent

“Greene Lamp is most grateful for the opportunity to make a continual impact in the lives of our children and families. We of course do not take it likely, as we know, our families have other options. Known as the only holistic and comprehensive Early Learning Program with exceptional expertise in children and family outcomes; it is evident of the difference we make in our communities. To this point, there is no other such program(s) that offer more than $10,000-$15,000 per child per year of free childcare and family engagement opportunities to-date.”

Angela H. Moye

HS/EHS Senoir Program Director