Lewis County Head Start

A FREE, community-focused early learning program for low-income families of Lewis County. Apply today to find out if we can serve you.


Head Start is a FREE preschool for eligible Lewis County families. We are a federally funded, community-based early learning program serving low-income, at-risk children ages three to five. We have centers in Centralia, Chehalis, Toledo, and Salkum. Founded during the 1960’s federal “War on Poverty,” we seek to give families a fair shot at success by preparing their children for lifelong learning.

Head Start offers a quality preschool program plus school readiness reports, developmental screenings, parent education, and family resources and referrals. Our comprehensive program will enhance and develop your child’s social, emotional, and school readiness skills through partnerships between home, community, and school.

Ready to find out how we can partner with you and your child? Get started with an application to see if your child is eligible for our free preschool program. You may apply online or bring your printed application to our administrative office:

203 W Reynolds Ave.
Centralia, WA 98531

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Lewis County Head Start is currently hiring teachers/family educators!

Contact Dallas Smith for instructions on how to apply at (360) 736-1696, ext. 122

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Annually, the Head Start program generates a report with statistics that allow us to better understand the impact that early education has on children.


Students enrolled at Head Start


Students served thanks to federal funding


Percentage of students who had health insurance and received up-to-date immunizations in 2018.


More than 93% of students were deemed kindergarten-ready in each learning domain.


Enrolled families considered at or above Federal Poverty Level


Family Nights hosted annually


Head Start received a total of $398,734.29 of inkind donations through volunteer hours, monetary donations, and community support.


There were a total of 14,374.5 hours of volunteer support from families and the community.

*Statistics representative of fiscal year 2018. For more information, read our annual report.

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Questions & Answers

Head Start’s early learning program is free to qualifying families.

You must apply to find out. Eligibility is determined primarily through income, homelessness, or eligibility for other services such as TANF, disability, or SSI.

Apply online using the following application link OR submit your printed application to 203 W Reynolds Ave. in Centralia, WA.

Online Application

No, your child does not need to be potty trained.

No. Head Start is a comprehensive early learning program that serves families of children ages three to five, to increase school readiness.

At Head Start, we believe parents are a child’s first teacher. You may choose to volunteer or participate in parent committees, the Policy Council, self-assessment, or center activities.

Yes, students receive meals while attending our program.

Depending on which center your child attends, they will be enrolled for four or seven-hour days.

Lewis County Head Start uses creative curriculum which includes developmentally appropriate goals and objectives for children within four main categories of interest: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language.

Aside from our early learning program, we provide school readiness reports, developmental screenings, family resources and referrals, and parent education. We do not offer daycare.

No, Head Start is federally funded and does not accept subsidies.

You can email lchs@lewiscountyheadstart.org
or call (360) 736-1696 ext. 123 for more information.


Administration Office

Phone:  (360) 736-1696
Fax:  (360) 736-0090
Address:  203 W. Reynolds Ave, Centralia, WA 98531
Mailing: P. O. Box 870, Centralia, WA 98531

Centralia Center - East

Location: 2502 Seward Ave, Centralia
Phone: 360-669-5236
Class info: Two classes 8:30am – 3:30pm; English & Spanish speaking.

Centralia Center - West

Location: 701 Pioneer Way, Centralia
Phone: 360-807-4813
Class info: Two classes 9:00am – 3:00pm; English & Spanish speaking.

Salkum Center

Location: 149 Wilcox Road, Salkum
Phone: 360-669-5236
Class info: 8:30am – 3:30pm; English & Spanish speaking. Serving families in the Salkum, Onalaska, Mossyrock, Morton & Napavine area.

Toledo Center

Location: 200 N. Second St, Toledo
Phone: 360-864-2350
Class info: 8:30am – 3:30pm; English & Spanish speaking. Serving families in the Toledo, Vader, Winlock & Napavine area.

Twin Cities Center

Location: 91 SW Chehalis Ave, Chehalis
Phone: 360- 748-0700
Class info: Two classes @ 8:30am – 12:30pm & two classes @ 12:30pm – 4:30pm; English & Spanish speaking. Serving families in the Centralia, Chehalis & Napavine area.


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Administration Office
Physical: 203 W. Reynolds Ave, Centralia, WA
Mailing: P. O. Box 870, Centralia, WA
MON-FRI 09:00am - 5:00pm, SAT-SUN CLOSED