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We had a BLAST 2016

Kids Central, Inc.’s annual BLAST was held May 6th at Bullitt Park. KCI invited families to enjoy a day with their child to celebrate the hard work both have dedicated this program year. Activities included face painting, groovy flowers, lava bottles, making healthy trail mix and tie dye tote-bags to celebrate our theme a Groovy BLAST. The local rescue squad and fire truck were also on display for families and children to explore. Several Kids Central partners from the community set up vendor tables to assist our families in getting resources. WIC, Health Dept. car seat program, Wise County Schools, Health Connect, and MEOC to name a few. Families were then able to sit down to lunch with their child’s classroom and enjoy pizza from Pizza King.

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Joseph BoydIntroducing Our New Comptroller, Joseph Boyd

I am proud to serve on the Kids Central team. In 2005 my son, Matthew, was a student and his progress today is attributed to the great program training he received from the staff at Kids Central. I currently live in Haysi Virginia. I graduated from Haysi High School in 1991; Southwest Virginia Community College where I received several associate degrees; and Clinch Valley College, now UVA Wise in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government concentrating in Public Administration. I completed an MBA at King University in 2011 and I anticipate completing Doctorate in Management at Argosy University Nashville by 2018.

Introducing Health Bites

HealthBitesHealth Bites is an interactive online nutrition education tool designed to help you and your family enjoy healthier lives. The interactive website provides fun, informative videos on nutrition and ideas on simple and healthy recipes. If you are a WIC participant, the site will allow you to complete modules, to receive nutrition education credit for WIC.

Visit www.HealthBitesVA.org to have a world of nutrition and health information at your fingertips!

The HighScope Curriculum

HighScopeHere at Kids Central, Inc. we use what is called The HighScope Curriculum. This curriculum is child focused and based on “active participatory learning” which leads to powerful, positive outcomes. This curriculum also helps young children excel in language and cognitive learning but it also promotes independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, creativity and problem solving -- the fundamental skills that determine success in adult life. This is what makes the HighScope Curriculum different but also successful.

Learn more about the HighScope Curriculum at highscope.org.

Great News! Great Job!

Kids Central Inc. is in compliance with all applicable Head Start Program Performance Standards, laws, regulations, and policy requirements according to the letter they received following their tri-annual on-site Federal monitoring review. Read more. »

KCI's End of the Year Blast

We enjoyed good food and fun activities at Bullitt Park in Big Stone Gap on April 17, 2014. Have a safe summer!

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Open House, Fall 2014

End of year blast


Thank you to Wells Fargo Bank in Clintwood for donating this horse to the Clintwood Head Start center!

Holiday Gathering

On December 17, 2013 our annual Board and Policy Council was held at Celebrate in Coeburn, VA.


autism ribbonApril is Autism Awareness Month -- KCI is lighting up blue for Autism!

What is “Light It Up Blue?”  To shine a light on autism to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Autism Awareness Month in April, Autism Speaks is asking buildings and landmarks around the world to turn their lights blue on April 2.

blue lightKid’s Central will be commemorating Autism Awareness Day by turning lights blue and wearing blue clothing. Show your support, dress in blue on April 2nd and have all kids wear blue to school. Classrooms and home base will be giving families’ information on autism to help encourage awareness.

Light it up blue on April 2!

Talking HealthJoin Virginia Tech Research Study

Virginia Tech is looking for motivated people to learn and talk about health. The program includes health screenings, small group classes and telephone calls. Download the flyer to learn more.

Ripley's AquariumKasey's Academy went to the Ripley's Aquarium!

Kasey’s Academy took a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium on October 25, 2013. We had several families attend this trip. We look forward to the Knoxville Zoo in the spring. See photos!

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving

Mountain Empire Older Citizens offers workshops for cancer survivors. For more information, download the flyer.

mathHow to Promote Math Skills in Young Children

It is important that young children begin to develop math concepts and skills very early in life. Parents can create math learning experiences very easily throughout their child’s daily routine. Read the document A Family Note on Finding the Math for important things to consider.

Welcome Safety into your home

pictoral guide to making your home safe

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Healthy Families
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Celebration 2012

KCI hosted the December Board and Policy Council meeting at Celebrate in Coeburn, VA. Thanks to Celebrate for accommodating the meeting. See the photos »

Picture Night!

Family Picture night was a complete success, with over over 100 families photographed. See the photos »

Great News! Great Job!

Kids Central Inc. is in compliance with all applicable Head Start Program Performance Standards, laws, regulations, and policy requirements according to the letter they received following their tri-annual on-site Federal monitoring review. Read more »

OctopusKasey's Academy went to the Ripley's Aquarium!

On October 26, 2012 Kasey's Academy visited Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN.

See the photos »

Fall Movie Night!

Finding NemoMovie Night was a complete success! Families came out to see Finding Nemo in 3D at the Norton Cinema City on Sept. 17, 2012. KCI hosted a huge crowd and lots of smiles! See the photos »

Open House 2012

All part year centers hosted an open house this year. Everyone has amazing turn outs and are ready for the school year. See photos »

Pool Party

KCI kicked of the school year with a pool party for all enrolled families. Many families and staff came to celebrate a great start to a new year. See photos »

In Service Training

All staff met at Camp Jacob for the first day of in service. Everyone is looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year! See 2012 photos »

Stephanie PurvisIntroducing Our New Health Services Specialist

I would like to introduce myself as the new Health Services Specialist for Kids Central, Inc. I have been a registered nurse for over 22 years, obtaining my associate degree in nursing through the Virginia Appalachian TriCollege Nursing Program and my Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from the University of Virginia’s Campus at Wise. Read more. »



Spring 2012 Movie Night! See photos. »


March Family DayMarch Family Day - Bubble wrap travel games

During our March Family Day, children and their families learned how to make traveling in the car educational and fun with Bubble wrap travel games. See photos. »


February Family DayFebruary Family Day - Calm down jars

In the month of February, we learned how to relieve stress and redirect behavior with calm down jars. See photos. »




Knoxville Tennessee Zoo!Field Trip to the zoo

Kasey's Academy went to the Knoxville Zoo in April 2012 & 2013!




January Family Day - Food Groups

January Family Day - Food Groups

In the month of January, we learned how healthy eating can be fun. Together we made snowmen using our food groups. See photos. »

December Family Day - Treats on a BudgetDecember Family Day - Treats on a Budget

During family day in December the children and families learned how to make treats on a budget. We learned how giving homemade gifts during the holidays can be educational, fun and inexpensive. See photos. »

November Family Day - Make your own BookNovember Family Day - Make your own Book

This month during family day we focused on literacy. Each child and family had the opportunity to become an author and illustrator with their very own hard back book. We also discussed car seat safety and the new snow policy KCI implemented. See photos. »

2nd annual movie nightDrive In Movie Night!

Kids Central Inc recently held its second annual Family Movie night at the Central Drive-In as part of the family involvement program. Families from Wise and Dickenson counties and the city of Norton were entertained by seeing Cars 2 and enjoyed free popcorn and drink. See photos and read more. »

Meet our new Comptroller

Christy Fleming is the new Comptroller for Kids Central Inc, but she already had a connection to KCI. Her sister Misty Hill is the teacher at Clintwood 1 Center so she already knew something about the Head Start organization. Her mother, Sheila Phipps is the Librarian at Clintwood Public Library where many of our classes go for our field trips. Read more. »

Can't miss our Cars ...

New Graphics Make KCI Vehicles Really Stand Out: There's a new look on the road around here. Six KCI staff vehicles have been transformed into rolling advertisements for Kids Central Inc.

If you haven’t seen our new cars, you are in for a visual treat. Read more. »

Kasey and friends at movie nightKaseyville!

Kaseyville is ready for children, and what a great place it is to visit, with a toy store, bank, ice cream parlor, and more! Read about Kaseyville and see photos! »

Goodbye Lisa Barton

Our Comptroller Lisa Barton bids Kids Central Inc. farewell. Read more. »