Who We Are

Central Texas 4C, Inc. is a non-profit agency which has served Central Texans for over 40 years.  Most people call us simply "4C" which stands for Community Choices in Children's Care.  4C operates sixteen Head Start centers which annually serve over 700 children ages 0-5 in the cities of Temple, Belton, Killeen, Harker Heights, Troy, Holland and Copperas Cove, Texas.  (Check the LOCATIONS tab for each center's ages served.  Some serve only 0-3, some serve 3-5 and some serve 0-5.)  Fort Hood, the largest military base in the world, is adjacent to our cities.  Some of our Pre-K centers are in collaboration with our ISD partners and some of our 0-3 centers are housed in the public schools to serve student parents who are working hard to graduate from school.    

What We Do

Besides providing developmentally appropriate education to income eligible children ages 0-5, we provide to the Head Start child and family: Health and Nutrition Services, Mental Health Services, Disability Services, Transition Services, Social Services, Literacy Services and other parent education opportunities.
We accept applications all year. Our waiting list is not a first come/first served list.  It is a criteria points list so we can assure the taxpayer that we are serving the neediest families first. 

Central Texas 4C, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider.  See the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement here.

See the Central Texas 4C Privacy Statement  here.

Current News

We just received a beautiful certificate in the mail announcing that Central Texas 4C, Inc. is one of 12 Statewide Semi-Finalists in the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.  The Chairman and CEO of H-E-B, Mr. Charles Butt, signed the certificate and it was accompanied by a $500.00 gift card. The letter stated that "Obviously, our readers (judges) were very impressed by your written comments and your extensive professional accomplishments…. You will find a small token of our gratitude for all that you do each and every day to inspire and enlighten young minds.  Your program is helping to shape the future of Texas and we thank you for your passion and your dedication.  You are an inspiration to us all."  It was signed by Jill Reynolds, H-E-B's Public Affairs Manager and the producer of the Excellence in Education Awards. 

Needless to say, we are very proud to be one of the twelve!  And gratitude goes out to our staff, families and communities for being the main reasons that 4C continues to be recognized for excellence in early childhood education.  The Head Start Advantage is real.  Awards are nice, but seeing the success of our Head Start children and families is the real prize!

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