Quality Choices for Early Childhood Education and Child Care in Lincoln Parish

Head Start


Head Start is a federal program that promotes school readiness of preschool-age children and their families by enhancing the child’s cognitive, social and emotional development.


Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in the following domains:  language and literacy; cognition and general knowledge; physical development and health; social and emotional development; and approaches to learning.


Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher.


Head Start programs build relationships with families that support:

  • Family well-being and positive parent-child relationships
  • Families as learners and lifelong educators
  • Family engagement in transitions
  • Family connections to peers and community
  • Families as advocates and leaders


Our Head Start program partners include:


Lincoln Head Start Child Development Center
421 West Vaughn Street
Ruston, LA 71270
Contact Names: Brenda Reliford, Director Designee      

Pamela Harris, Director
Phone Number: 318-251-8864


Paul E. Slaton Head Start Center
1400 Oakdale Street
Ruston, LA 71270
Contact Names: Angela Lewis, Director Designee 

Pamela Harris, Director 
Phone Number: 318-255-2318