• 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 low-income 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. 

    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

    How do the three local Head Start centers compare?

    Farris is the largest center, currently serving 213 students during the 2018-2019 school-year. This center has the smallest percentage of English Language Learners at nearly 8 percent.

    Rosewood is the second largest center, currently serving 80 students. This campus has twice as many English Language Learners, at 16 percent, as Farris.

    Northwest is the smallest Head Start campus with 51 students enrolled during the 2018-2019 school year. It has the highest percentage – 26 percent – of English Language Learners. 

    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 and Cunningham 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 low-income 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 plague many American families.