Who We Are
Cen-Tex Family Services, Inc. (Cen-Tex) is a private, non-profit agency founded in 1993. Cen-Tex receives grant funds to provide Early Head Start/Head Start programs in Bastrop, Lee, Fayette, and Colorado counties. These programs are administered by the Office of Head Start, Department of Health and Human Services and carried out through the Hearts of Texas Head Start Program.
Promoting The School Readiness of Young Children
Our programs support the social and emotional development of children from birth to age 4 in a comprehensive way. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, and social services.
Hearts of Texas teachers and staff build positive relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, and connections to peers and community.
Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Head Start serves preschool age children.
You may also visit https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/ to learn more about the history of Head Start.
“Working for Head Start and Early Head Start has given me the opportunity to help families. I help parents to connect with resources when they run into a bind. The support that we provide to our families is amazing. I believe that once you start working for the program you will fall in love with it.”
Diana, employee, 11 years
“I was a new mom of 6-month-old twins when introduced to home-based Head Start. Through the program I learned so many activities to do with my kids that allowed them to thrive and stimulate their little growing minds. We had fun and even touched on safety plans for our home and family. I'm really thankful we had that opportunity to be a part of the home-based Head Start program and would forever recommend others take part in it too.”
BP, current parent
"I think Early Head Start is an amazing opportunity for children and their families. I love that employee get excellent training because the Head Start program cares heavily about the education that teachers can offer their children. I have worked in the childcare industry for years and have never seen a program so focused on ensuring teachers can (and do) provide the best education for the children in our care."
Lara, new employee