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.  There is no cost for eligible families.


Current News

  • Federal Monitors will be at 4C Head Start centers for CLASS assessments during the week of October 23rd.  CLASS is a research based assessment that measures quality in child/teacher interactions, High levels of interactions indicate engagement of children in their education and the three areas of focus are emotional support, classroom organization and instructional support.  A child's social and emotional functioning is increasingly recognized as an indicator of school readiness.  Classroom organization looks at how effective teachers are in adddressing children's behaviors, productivity (routines, etc.) and instructional learning formats. Finally,instructional support deals with concept development, quality of feedback (extending student's learning) and language modeling. In past years, 4C teachers have scored at or above national averages in all three domains.  Way to go, staff.  Knock their socks off!




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