I was the child every teacher dreaded because I cried all the time. My favorite memories of Head Start are the songs, the books, the food and the caring teachers.
- - Dora Montez, Tucson Arizona
Jolie Whatton, our 2012-2013 Policy Council chairperson, met with Senator John McCain about ending the Head Start sequester.
She delivered over 1000 letters of support from Child-Parent Centers parents, community, Board and Policy Council members.
Head Start Program
We are the largest provider of Head Start services in Southern Arizona. For over 40 years our agency has grown to 43 locations spread throughout five Arizona counties. Our vision for strong communities filled with successful families and children drives us to ensure all eligible families including the children of Migrant/seasonal workers and children with disabilities receive education, nutrition and family support services Head Start provides.
Full Day / Full Year
The program is designed to meet the needs of working families. We provide Head Start services as well as quality child-care. To be considered for this program the family / primary care giver must also qualify for the DES Childcare Subsidy. This program is available Monday through Friday year around.
In this model, parents attend the center along with their child and participate in their child's education, In addition, parents have the opportunity to participate in Adult Education opportunities such as:
- English as a Second Language
- GED Courses
- Vocational training
- Family Discussions
Family literacy meets 5 days per week, five hours per day and encompasses all of the comprehensive approaches of the traditional Part-Day model in addition to the Family Literacy activities.
Home Based Services
The Early Head Start Home Based program serves pregenant women and children birth through age three. In this program families are visited in their home weekly by a Head Start Family Educator. Bi-weekly group experiences provide socialization time as well as preparation for children to move into a classroom environment.