Welcome to Head Start


Head Start/Early Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood development program designed to provide education, health and social services to low income children, ages 0-5 and their families. Maricopa County Head Start emphasizes on pre-reading, language, math and other cognitive skills, while continuing to promote children's health, social and emotional competence as part of school readiness. Services to children are provided by qualified and well-trained teachers in a classroom setting with a low student-teacher ratio. The low ratio allows us to make a significant and meaningful impact on the educational and social development of the children that we serve.

Head Start/Early Head Start provides two program options: center-based services and home-based services. Center-based services are provided in a classroom setting four or five days a week for a minimum of 3½ hours, and home-based services are provided in the family's home. As part of home-based services, Head Start home visitors meet with families once weekly for 1½ hours, and families attend bi-monthly socialization events to participate in parent training and to positively interact with other parents and their children.

Maricopa County offers preschool classes at schools, homes and community centers. The program is free for families that meet income guidelines.

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