Serving our community since 1965

Welcome to Kids Central, Inc.

Our mission is to embrace our children, teach our children and inspire our children.

We envision Kids Central, Inc. as a leader in providing high quality community-based educational services to meet the needs of our children, families and community.

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Head Start logoDiscover what Head Start Offers

Head Start programs deliver services to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being. They also engage parents as partners every step of the way.

Kids Central, Inc. (KCI) is a private, non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation and a grantee of the Head Start Bureau.

We are now accepting applications online! Applying is a quick and easy process. Take 5 minutes and submit your application online or call 276-679-0514 for information.

Our School

Centers & Classes

We have offices and centers and offer Home Based Head Start and Early Head Start throughout Wise County, Dickenson County, and the City of Norton, Virginia.

Class Calendars

Monthly class calendars are found on the Center pages.


The Board of Directors is comprised of members, elected by the seated board, comprised of

  • civic leaders
  • government leaders
  • parents
  • community representatives
  • Attorney
  • Early Childhood Specialist
  • Fiscal Expert

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Policy Council

The Policy Council is comprised of 38 members. Fifty-one percent of the Policy Council must be comprised of current Head Start parents. The remaining membership is comprised of community representatives.

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Careers at KCI

Kids Central, Inc is a great place to work! Check out our current job openings and apply today »

Katie HammLeadership at Head Start

Katie Hamm is the acting director of the Office of Head Start and deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Early Childhood Development. Before joining the Biden administration, Hamm was the vice president for early childhood policy at the Center for American Progress, where she oversaw the organization’s early childhood program to advance child care, preschool, Head Start, and home visiting investment. Learn more »

A Word

From Our Director

​”Kasey Kangaroo and I welcome you to our web site and to our family. All 100 staff members at Kids Central strive to ensure that you and your child receives the highest quality education and services available. As we embark upon our 56th year serving Wise and Dickenson Counties and the City of Norton, we invite you to get acquainted with us and join us in our mission of service to children and families. Welcome.”

– Darrell Edwards

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