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Early Head Start and Head Start are family-centered success and early childhood education programs offered at no cost to qualifying families with children ages birth to 5 years old at more than 40 locations. Our high-quality early education program focuses on developing the physical, social, emotional and learning skills that children need to be ready to promote into kindergarten. Learn more about how Early Head Start and Head Start offer no-cost childcare and family support services to qualified families.

Apply online, visit our office, or call 602-372-3700 to complete your application with a Family Support Specialist.  

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There are many factors, situations and reasons that automatically qualify your family to receive the no-cost, comprehensive services of Maricopa County’s Head Start programs. Because each family is unique, we encourage all families to apply, regardless of income.

Families who receive public assistance (TANF, SSI, or SNAP), and those with children in foster care or children who are homeless automatically qualify for Maricopa County's Head Start program—regardless of household income.

Apply online, visit our office, or call 602-372-3700 to complete your application with a Family Support Specialist.


Birth to 3 Years

0-3 Year Olds

Infants from birth to 3 years old receive loving, quality care through Maricopa County’s Early Head Start program.  

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3 to 5 Years

3-4 Years Old

Head Start prepares children for kindergarten by promoting the skills children need to be successful as they advance to elementary school. 

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  1. Why is there no cost to the program?

Maricopa County Head Start and Early Head Start programs are no cost programs for families with children birth to age five. The Head Start program is federally funded and designed to promote school readiness for children from low-income families, families with children with special needs, homeless families, children in Foster Care, teen parents, and grandparents or kin raising grandchildren or kin. Early Head Start serves pregnant women and families with children under age 3. Head Start programs serve children between 3 and 5 years old.

  1. What standards must be met for Cleanliness?
  1. What standards must be met for Health and Safety?
  1. What standards must be met for staff?

Early Head Start and Head Start are high quality programs that meet strict local and federal regulations and performance standards. Daily cleaning and sanitation take place at all our facilities. Health and safety are our top priorities for our children, family, and staff.

  1. What standards must be met for programming?
  1. ARE head start services offered to pregnant women?


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Are you passionate about helping children succeed in school and beyond? Do you want to pursue meaningful work that makes a difference in the lives of local families?

Maricopa County Head Start Locations

Looking for additional locations? The City of Phoenix and Catholic Charities offer Head Start programming in select areas.

Early Head Start and Head Start are offered by the Early Education Division of the Human Services Department of Maricopa County. The Early Education Division is dedicated to ensuring children have the knowledge and skills to be successful in school and life through service delivery to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being while engaging parents as partners.