Head Start

Building a Foundation for Children’s Success

 

Southwest Human Development’s Early Head Start and Head Start programs are free, comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children ages birth through four, their families and expectant mothers. High-quality education and a wide array of services combine to help prepare children for success in school and life.

Early Head Start

Southwest’s Early Head Start program provides free, in-home services to help pregnant women and families with children under age three navigate the critical early years of their child’s life.

 

Services

 

    • Weekly home visits to support parents in raising their children

 

    • Prenatal information for pregnant women

 

    • Play groups for infants and toddlers

 

Eligibility

 

    • Family income must be at or below the federal poverty guidelines

 

    • Children must be age three or under or the mother must be pregnant

 

    • Children must live in the Balsz, Creighton, Madison Park, Osborn, or Paradise Valley school districts

 

Head Start

Southwest Human Development’s Head Start program provides low-income children with a high-quality preschool education. Health screenings, social services and parent training are other important components.

 

Eligibility

 

    • Family income must be at or below the federal poverty guidelines

 

    • Children enrolling in the preschool program must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1 of the school year

 

    • Children must live in the Balsz, Creighton, Madison Park, Osborn, or Paradise Valley school districts

 

Core Elements of Head Start

 

Early Childhood Education

 

    • High quality programs are designed to meet each child’s individual needs

 

    • Intellectual, social and emotional growth are fostered

 

Health and Dental Services

 

    • Families are assisted in securing primary health care so that complete physicals are administered, including vision, hearing and dental exams, and children receive proper immunizations.

 

Nutrition

 

    • A healthy meal, plus a snack, are served each day

 

    • Healthy eating habits are taught and encouraged

 

Social Services and Parent Involvement

 

    • In partnership with each family, needs are assessed and assistance in connecting with community services is provided

 

    • Positive parent-child interactions are promoted

 

    • Volunteer and governance opportunities help parents build new skills

 

Additional Services

 

Special Needs

 

    • Appropriate education and full classroom integration are provided

 

    • Speech/language therapy is available

 

Mental Health

 

    • Behavior problems, substance abuse, child abuse, developmental delays and more can be addressed

 

Arts-In-Education

 

    • Many classes benefit from the nationally known Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts program

 

Literacy

 

    • Adult literacy education is combined with parent-child interaction activities

 

    • Children receive new books for their home libraries

 

    • Part of a national “Center for Excellence” effort, the Phoenix Early Reading First program promotes preschoolers’ language and early literacy skills, helping them prepare for kindergarten

 

For more information about Head Start or to enroll in one of our Head Start programs,  please call (602) 468-3431

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