About the Head Start Programs

During Pregnancy

Pregnant Mothers

Maricopa County’s Early Head Start program offers specialized support and connection to helpful resources for expectant mothers and their family. To make sure mom stays healthy during pregnancy and has the support she will need before, during and after the baby arrives, our Early Head Start staff work with expectant mothers on aspects of emotional well-being, creating a nurturing environment for the baby and ways to engage the baby’s father during pregnancy, birth and early childhood. Our Early Head Start program offers expectant mothers nutritional counseling, food assistance, oral healthcare, mental health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and emergency shelter or transitional housing, if needed.

Apply online or call 602-372-3700 to schedule an appointment to complete your application with a Family Support Specialist.



Birth Up 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 through a program designed to enrich the physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs of infants and toddlers. Our dedicated and highly trained staff fosters growth and development designed to promote kindergarten readiness and long-term success in life. In addition to providing a safe, healthy and active learning environment for the child, Early Head Start offers parents and guardians services including parenting skills for early childhood success, food assistance, housing resources and family-centered success coaching.

Apply online or call 602-372-3700 to schedule an appointment to complete your application with a Family Support Specialist.



3 Up to 5 Years

3-4 Years Old

Children ages 3 to 5 years are ready to move up from Early Head Start to Head Start.This program focuses on preparing the child for kindergarten. To promote success in the skills children need for school readiness, our highly qualified and dedicated teaching staff lead a daily routine in our centers that involve structured learning, physical activity, meal times and social engagement, making their promotion to kindergarten a healthy, happy and successful milestone.

Apply online or call 602-372-3700 to schedule an appointment to complete your application with a Family Support Specialist.