Central Arkansas Development Council

Building futures through community action

CADC Head Start Centers Ensures a Quality Education for Pre-Schoolers

CADC Head Start provides educational services for children ages 3-5 years old

Benton, Ark. – Central Arkansas Development Council's Head Start Centers are offered in five counties in Central Arkansas, including Saline, Pike, Clark, Montgomery and Hot Spring Counties.

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program focusing on increasing the school readiness of children ages 3 and 4 years of age. The program also seeks to help parents and caregivers be empowered to self-sufficiency.

Head Start provides a variety of services, including early reading and writing, kindergarten readiness, health and nutrition screening, vision and hearing screening, nutritious meals and snacks, disability services and family services.  While CADC does not provide transportation services, it will assist families in seeking public transportation.

CADC Head Start operates 15 centers in the following locations:

Saline County:

·         Benton Head Start Center, 321 Edison Avenue. Call 501-315-6456.

·         Harmony Grove Head Start Center, 115 School Road (Haskell). Call 501-776-1697

·         Paron Head Start Center, 16494 W. 12th Street. Call 501-594-5668

·         Shannon Hills Head Start Center, 11925 County Line Road. Call 501-455-4932


Hot Spring County:

  • Malvern Head Start, 1735 E. Sullenberger in Malvern. Call 501-337-1502
  • Bismarck Head Start, 2078 Arlie Moore Road in Bismarck. Call 501-865-1882
  • Magnet Cove Head Start, 21977 Hwy 51 in Magnet Cove. Call 501-332-6906


Pike County:

  • Murfreesboro Head Start, 120 E. Court, Suite B. Call 870-285-3351
  • Delight Head Star, 621 E. Cherry Street. Call 870-379-2270
  • Glenwood Head Start, 747 Lakeshore Drive. Call 870-356-4780
  • Kirby Head Start, 2614 Hwy 27 North. Call 870-398-5462


Clark County:

  • Bismarck Head Start, 2078 Arlie Moore Road. Call 501-865-1882
  • Amity Head Start, 213 North Clark. Call 870-342-5358
  • Arkadelphia Head Start, 321 North 23rd Street. Call 870-246-8931
  • Gurdon Head Start, 410 East Main. Call 870-353-6616


Montgomery County:

  • Mt. Ida Head Start, 156 Senior Drive. Call 870-867-3722.

CADC Head Start  is proven to help children grown educationally, socially, physically and emotionally. The program helps parents obtain needed services for their families while enriching their relationship with their children. Head Start helps children to learn, play and grow with other children. 

In addition, the program offers parents monthly meetings to discuss topics ranging from nutrition, safety and education, social services and family development.  Through the USDA program, CADC provides nutirtion and nutrition education as a major component of the program.

To be eligible to enroll in the Head Start program, a child must be three or four years old. The family must also meet income guidelines. Verification of family income, child’s birth certificate and immunization records are required to complete an application.

CADC is a private nonprofit community action agency that was formed in 1965 to fight and win the “War on Poverty.” The mission of CADC is to improve the quality of life and build strong communities in Arkansas. For more information, please contact your local Head Start Center.