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Gentry Director

kaley nelson2013Kaley joined NWA Head Start in 2011. She has a Degree in Early Childhood Education and has a passion for working with young children.

Head Start Gentry Center

208 South Giles Avenue
Gentry, AR 72734
(479) 736-2406

Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM (CST)

Kaley Nelson, Director

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Better Beginnings is Arkansas's Quality Rating Improvement System for child care providers. Better Beginnings is a three-tiered building block system designed to assess the quality of early care and education programs and youth development programs. 



The Northwest Arkansas Head Start Gentry location is a State of Arkansas Quality Approved childcare facility.  Our goal is to make sure our families receive services needed in a friendly and timely manner and ease the transition into kindergarten. Our center currently serves two classrooms of 20 children each. 

Families chose us because of our excellent level of service and convenient location right next to public school.  We have been in the same location since 1999.

Thank you for your interest in our center. If you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact our office at (479) 736-2406.

  • Robbin: volunteers in the kitchen and as a classroom aid. Does art projects with kids.
  • DeAnn: volunteers her time with the children

Better Beginnings Accredited

Our location is a State Quality Approved childcare facility, providing a higher quality overall program. Given this designation, we have been proven to not only meet, but exceed the standards providing:
  • A program that views parents as an important part of the early education of their children,
  • A physical environment that is supportive of the physical and mental development of each child in our care,
  • An educational program that prepares children for success in school,
  • Trained professional staff who know how to work effectively with children and who continue to pursue educational and training opportunities.


All Northwest Arkansas Head Start Centers are compliant, Licensed Child Care Providers. Our licenses are issued by the State of Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. NWAHS invites you to view our licensing status via the DHHS Website.

Door Entry Security

kes_02.jpgOur Keyless Entry System limits access to our Head Start centers by allowing entry only to authorized staff and families. Unique ID codes are assigned to each person. Codes may be disabled at any time providing a safe, secure environment for children and peace of mind for parents. Our system keeps a live record of who enters our buildings allowing us to monitor building access in real time or by printing a daily log. Each ID code may also be placed on a restricted list directly from our center computer.

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