Early Head Start home-based program, which offers comprehensive parenting and education services for low-income families who meet federal guidelines for family size.
Weekly home visits are made to families to educate them about child development, quality parent-child interactions and emphasize that parents are their children’s first teachers.
Also, pregnant women receive weekly visits and are provided information about prenatal care, oral health, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, mental health, early intervention services, health and nutrition, and other resources based on the needs of each family.
Families participate in bi-monthly playgroups allowing the children and parents to socialize with other families and work on their children development skills.
These services help strengthen families and support school readiness in young children. Parents of children with special needs are encouraged to apply.
Head Start is the nation’s leading investment in early childhood care and education. Head Start provides a range of comprehensive education, health, nutrition, parent involvement, and family support services and has primarily served at-risk children and their families since 1965. Head Start actually consists of two programs: Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS). Established during the 1994 Reauthorization of HS, EHS is a comprehensive early childhood program serving primarily at-risk children prenatal to age three, pregnant women, and their families.
For more information or to register, call 602-495-7050 or visit phoenix.gov/headstart.