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Our Mission


To deliver Head Start and related programs throughout southeastern Arizona from prenatal through preschool age children and their families. The focus of our work is:

  • Early Childhood Development & School Readiness
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Parent Engagement & Family Development

We Believe


  • Children are magical and competent, and constant, curious learners;
  • Parents want the best for their children, and learning for themselves;
  • Staff bring expertise with an attitude that supports teamwork, learning and development;
  • Learning thrives within respectful relationships;
  • Positive Outcomes result from appropriate and consistent learning over time; and
  • We All participate in life-long learning as both teachers and learners.

2003The Head Start Outcomes Framework was published in 2003 and CPC commits to developing its own classroom curriculum, Languages of Learning, inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Enrollment expands to 2285 with the addition of 430 children in the Early Head Start program.

1967The Tucson-based community action group incorporated. Child-Parent Centers became a delegate agency for Head Start; thus we became the original Head Start grantee for Pima and Santa Cruz Counties.

1998Child-Parent Centers, Inc. began the implementation process of the Early Head Start program with 199 pregnant women, infants and toddlers in Tucson and Safford. Through a unique partnership, 70 of these participants received Early Head Start services through the Blake Foundation. The emphasis on delivery of quality services continued with the restructuring of program support and supervision. Child-Parent Centers also partnered with CODAC Behavioral Health Services for a full-day Head Start Program. CPC's partnerships with the public schools include collaboration on services for children with disabilities, curriculum models and food programs.

2013Forty-seven years later and over 2700 children enrolled at the start of 2013, we continue to provide high quality early childhood education services in southeastern Arizona.  Children leave Head Start ready for school. Sadly, due to federally mandated budget cuts 161 children have lost the opportunity to attend our Head Start program, along with 57,000 children nationwide. Parents and communities have rallied to restore lost Head Start services and we are hopeful the U.S. Congress will resend these unnecessary budget cuts. 

1990Congress increased funding for Head Start nationwide Child-Parent Centers Expands:

  1993 - served 1,128 children in 28 centers. 

  • 1996 - served 1,712 children in 39 centers. 
  • 1997 - served 1,997 children in 41 centers.

Increased service options; added full day-full year, family literacy (parent and child both attend school), and home-based services.

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