Building a Foundation for Success

Southwest Human Development Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships are comprehensive, high-quality child development programs that promote school readiness for pregnant women, children ages birth to 5 and their families.

 

Through a two-generation approach, the Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership programs partner with families to support the growth and development of each child and their family in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include:

Early Learning

Children with or without special needs are offered individualized learning experiences to support school readiness. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of their development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy, and concept development.

Health

Each child’s perceptual, motor and physical development is supported to allow them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals and snacks, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with accessible medical, dental and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.

Family Well-Being

Parents and families are supported in achieving their own life-impacting goals, such as housing stability, continued education and financial security. Head Start and Early Head Start supports and strengthens parent-child relationships and engages families around their child’s learning and development.

Additional Program Benefits

In Southwest Human Development Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, staff are highly trained, classrooms have high teacher-to-child ratios, opportunities for parent engagement are emphasized, parents receive comprehensive social service supports and are offered extensive leadership opportunities.

 

Program Options

A variety of program options are available to meet the needs of each family. Program options include home visiting and both full-day and part-day programs. Options for full-day, year-round programs are available for parents who work or attend school and are in need of high-quality early learning experiences and care for their children.

 

Program Eligibility

Priority is given to families whose income is at or below the federal poverty guidelines, children in foster care and for families who are homeless. A child must be 3 years of age by August 31 to become enrolled in Head Start. Pregnant women and children ages 6 months to 3 years old can become enrolled in Early Head Start or at a participating Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership program. For Southwest Human Development Head Start or Early Head Start, families must live in one of the following five school districts: Balsz, Creighton, Madison, Osborn or Paradise Valley. Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships are able to accept children outside of the five school districts based on their individual eligibility requirements.

 

Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership programs are administered by the Office of Head Start within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

 

Program Enrollment

For questions about Southwest Human Development Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, or to enroll in one of our programs, please call (602) 468-3431.

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