Develop a strong Head Start Association by unifying Kentucky's Head Start Grantees to accomplish the common vision through leadership, advocacy, communication, and opportunities for high quality professional learning.



Kentucky Head Start Association will become a leader in Early Childhood Education by supporting high quality service for Kentucky’s most vulnerable families to insure their children become school, college and career ready.



  • Uniqueness of children and families
  • Relationships
  • High quality services
  • High quality work force
  • Knowledge
  • Expertise
  • Continuous improvement
  • Positive outcomes
  • Comprehensive approach to child development


  • All children can be successful
  • High quality Early Childhood Education is the right investment and yields positive results for Kentucky’s most vulnerable children and families
  • Families are the child’s first and most important teacher, and all families want their children to succeed
  • The provision of high-quality instruction is vital to children’s success
  • Strong collaboration with local, state and national partners is essential to achieve positive outcomes for children and families

KHSA's Leadership Team

Kristy Lewis - headshot

Kristy Lewis


Paducah Public Schools Head Start


Erika Casey

Third Vice President

Ohio Valley Edu Coop

Tara Meimeister - headshot

Tara Neimeister


Northern KY Community Action Head Start


Rhonda Martin

First Vice President

Bell-Whitley Community Action Head Start

Cindy Graves - headshot

Cindy Graves


Murray Public Schools Head Start


Libby Brown

Public Relations Officer

Lake Cumberland Head Start


Martina Roe

Second Vice President

Gateway Community Action Head Start

james peters

James Peters


Northern KY Community Action Head Start

John Mountjoy - headshot

John Mountjoy

Executive Director

KHSA on Twitter

Kentucky has issued guidance for Head Start and other childcare facilities to reopen. Click below for link.

KHSA now has a YouTube Channel where you may view all of our weekly Zoom leadership discussions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Give it a look and subscribe -

Nominations Open: 2021 Kentucky Head Start Awards

At-Home and In-Classroom Summer Learning webinar (from @RIVHSA). May 5th, at 2 pm EST, to join and learn more about how HATCH’s solutions align to Office of Head Start and Department of Education Guidance for Summer Learning Programs.