WFISD Head Start - Early Childhood Centers

  • Welcome to Head Start!

    Head Start provides a variety of family services to help your child excel in school.

    What is Head Start?

    Head Start is a program for qualifying families designed to prepare children, ages 5 and under, to attend school and excel there. Head Start will help your family by addressing any health needs, connecting you to social programs and providing education services so that the whole family will enjoy a successful school experience. 

    Head Start is a federal program. It promotes the school readiness of children starting at birth and building through age 5. It works by enhancing children’s mental development, social skills and emotional growth. 

    Head Start provides a rich learning environment that supports children’s growth in many areas. Children grow in their language abilities, reading, and in social and emotional development. 

    Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. 

    The program helps build relationships between families to support family well-being and nurture positive school experiences. 

    Where is Head Start?

    Wichita Falls Independent School District operates three Head Start campuses in Wichita Falls for 3-year-old children:

    Farris Early Childhood Center located at 710 Burkburnett - 940-235-4302

    Northwest Head Start located at 2310 Seymour Highway - 940-235-4307

    Brook Village Early Learning Center, located at 2222 Brook – 940-235-1132

    There are also Head Start classes at the Cunningham Elementary and Booker T. Washington Elementary campuses.

    How do the three local Head Start centers compare?

    Farris is the largest center and offers the Head Start program exclusively. It currently serves 232 students during the 2020-2021 school-year. Farris serves 3- and 4-year-old students. Currently, there are two Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classes on this campus. This center has the smallest percentage of English Language Learners at nearly 8 percent. Transportation to this campus is provided for a limited number of families based on need.

    Northwest is the smallest, exclusively Head Start campus with 51 students enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year. Northwest serves only 3-year-old students. It has the highest percentage – 26 percent – of English Language Learners. Transportation to this campus is provided for a limited number of families based on need.

    Brook Village serves 4-year-old students, enrolling 62 students for the 2020-2021 school year. Brook Village also has a 3-year-old Head Start classroom that is bilingual.

    Cunningham Elementary enrolled 15 students in its Head Start class for the 2020-2021 school year. Cunningham serves 4-year-olds.

    Booker T. Washington Elementary enrolled 27 students in its Head Start class for the 2020-2021 school year. It serves 4-year-olds but also has a 3-year-old classroom

    Where do 4-year-olds attend Head Start?

    When a child turns 4, he/she will attend a Head Start 4-year-old class at one of four WFISD campuses. Currently, Farris Early Childhood Center, Brook Village Early Childhood Center, Cunningham Elementary and Booker T. Washington Elementary have 4-year-old Head Start classrooms underway.

    How many children attend Head Start in Wichita Falls?

    WFISD serves approximately 400 students in its Head Start program. 

    Who directs WFISD’s Head Start?

    Head Start Principal is Letitia Willis. Contact her at (940) 235-4302 or by email at lwillis@wfisd.net.

    How long has Head Start been helping qualifying families?

    Head Start was launched nationally in 1965 during the Lyndon B. Johnson presidency and has served 32 million children and their families since then. The Head Start Act of 1981 expanded the program. It was revised again in 2007. Head Start has become the nation's longest-running program to address poverty issues that affect many American families.