Head Start

Provides programming to enhance children’s growth and development and help prepare them for future academic and social success.

​Karen Vinyard


Karen Vinyard has been employed by Southwest Human Resource Agency for 17 years. She was most recently the Assistant Director for Early Childhood Development. She began her Head Start involvement as a Head Start parent in 1982 and was first employed as a Head Start bus driver. She has literally done every job in Head Start, including working in home based program and as a Early Head Start mentor. Karen and her husband, David have been married for 36 years and have two grandchildren.

SWHRA Head Start Central Office

Mission Statement

The mission of Southwest HRA Head Start is to create and support a safe and caring place of success for children, families and staff, meeting and exceeding the national goals of Head Start through parent and community partnership.

SWHRA Head Start Program Philosophy

Southwest HRA Head Start seeks to provide programming that will enhance children’s growth and development in preparation for later academic and social pursuits. We believe the preschool years and the experiences the children have during these years are important to successful development therefore we make every effort to provide the highest quality program possible. We believe that growth and development are multidimensional therefore we offer the comprehensive services of education, medical, dental, and nutritional health, as well as social services. We believe that children with disabling conditions both benefit from and contribute to programming for preschool children therefore we make a special effort to serve and support children with disabling conditions. Finally, we believe that parents are the most important people in children’s lives and that the support parents give children as they grow and develop is beneficial and crucial to their future success therefore we involve parents in all aspects of the program and support them in their roles as parents and providing for their families.

For more information on our Head Start locations visit: swhrahs.org
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Where Are We?

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The Tennessee General Assembly established Southwest Human Resource Agency (SWHRA) in 1973 as one of nine Human Resource Agencies deemed to be the delivery system for human services throughout the state of Tennessee. SWHRA is a public non-profit agency that serves an eight county region including Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, McNairy and Madison counties...

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