Our Children’s Programs

JCHA strives to strengthen the next generation by providing as many opportunities as possible for youth in our communities. These are created and implemented with the help of each housing development’s Resident Council and through partnerships we’ve developed with other agencies and institutions in our area.

For information about any program for children, contact personnel at the Resident Center located in your area.


To assist children with homework, JCHA offers academic tutoring for children during the school year at Keystone Recreation Center and at the Carver, Memorial Park, Parkway/Dunbar, and Pinecrest Resident Centers.

Afterschool Snack Programs

Organized through our Community Services department, JCHA provides an afterschool snack program on weekday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for children at several Resident Centers. A free nutritious snack is provided, as well as computer labs, homework help, games, and playtime opportunities.

The afterschool programs for the Memorial Park, Parkway-Dunbar, and Pinecrest communities are provided at their respective Resident Centers and staffed by resident volunteers. Those for the Carver and Keystone communities are carried out in cooperation with Coalition for Kids (C4K), a local non-profit organization that helps underprivileged children in Johnson City ages 6 – 12. The C4K afterschool program provides a variety of activities for Carver and Keystone youth, including help with homework, reading and math assistance, music and art lessons, athletics, special preventive programs for violence and substance abuse, and a free snack. For more information about C4K, visit: coalitionforkids.org or call 423-434-2031.

Summer Lunch Program

The JCHA partners with the Johnson City Public School System to provide free lunches for children during the summer months. This program is available at the Carver and Keystone Developments for all children ages 17 and under. Distribution times will be posted on the website or residents can call the JCHA Administrative Office for more information. To register, stop by the Keystone Rec Center to complete an application and meet the staff.

Summer Reading Program

Head Start

Head Start is a comprehensive program for four-year old children and their families who meet the eligibility requirements of the federal income guidelines. Specifically, Head Start promotes school readiness in young children from low-income families by providing them with extra learning opportunities. The Johnson City Housing Authority provides classroom space for Head Start to serve our residents and surrounding communities at the following Johnson City locations:

  • Carver Head Start, 500 Washington Avenue
  • Children First Head Start, 837 Pardee Street
  • Lake Terrace Head Start, 2450 Mint Hill Road
  • Pinecrest Head Start, 500 Angel Place

Learn more about the Head Start program at uethda.org. Or call Bonnie Jones at 423-246-6180 at Head Start of Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency.