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Green Forest Director

Casie Cenobio

Patricia is the Local Program Director/Teacher of the Green Forest center. She is originally from Ensenada, Baja California (Mexico), but has lived in Green Forest since 1994. She attended school at the Green Forest High School and has since obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. Patricia is married to Venancio Garrido and together they have 3 children. She has worked for Head Start since 2005. She first started as a Floating Aide, and then gradually moved her way up as classroom Aide, Teacher, then Center Director. Patricia loves working with her preschool children and families!  Patty was awarded "Teacher Aide of the Year" in 2007.

Head Start Green Forest Center

202 Thorne Avenue
Green Forest, AR 72638
(870) 438-6770

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

Casie Cenobio, 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. 

Green Forest

At the Northwest Arkansas Green Forest Head Start and Early Head Start Center every child has an equal opportunity to enroll and participate in our program.  We have been in our community for over 45 years and continue to have a good, long-standing relationship with the community and its citizens. 

Head Start and Early Head Start  children are enrolled from a diverse background.  Our equally diverse staff accommodates children of several ethnicities and races. We maintain full enrollment each year through the support of our community, word of mouth referrals, and our history of success.  Many families choose to send their child to Green Forest Head Start and Early Head Start because they themselves (or friends and family) attended here. We are honored to have  served and educated multiple generations of children and their families throughout the years.

Thank you for your interest in the Green Forest Head Start and Early Head Start Center. 

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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