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

  • We are so proud of our staff and parents for walking into our brave new world of Head Start!  We are finding that so far, no Head Start children have contracted the virus, and our staff and parents are working hard to make sure we can continue to serve children in our centers.  We do have to close a classroom now and then because someone may have been exposed to COVID-19, but we treat each classroom as a "bubble" so that the virus does not have a chance to spread. So far, we have been able to reopen quickly. Thank everyone for hard work and patience.  We will get through this together.

    We continue to pay attention to the significance of racial equality and how it connects fundamentally to the core values and commitment that we in Head Start uphold daily–the commitment to ensuring that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth or color of their skin, must have the opportunity to succeed. Head Start’s commitment began in 1965 and it is more important than ever to uphold this promise.  The problems we may face are not the childrens' fault.  The children are the shining hope that gives our work meaning.  When we finally get control of this virus, we want everyone to feel free to come visit one of our Head Start classrooms.  You will leave with a sense of joy and peace when you watch children's natural curiosity at work.  Besides, they are really funny little people, and we all need to be able to laugh more these days!


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