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Head Start programs now enrolling

The city of Phoenix Human Services Department Early Head Start and Head Start programs are recruiting children for the 2013-14 school year.

The Early Head Start program seeks parents with children from birth to 3 years old and pregnant women to participate in this home-based program, which offers comprehensive parenting and education services to families. Weekly home visits are made to families to educate them about child development, quality parent-child interactions and emphasize that parents are their children’s first teachers.

Also, pregnant women receive weekly visits and are provided information about prenatal care, oral health, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, mental health, early intervention services, health and nutrition, and other resources.

Families participate in bi-monthly playgroups allowing the children and parents to socialize with other families and work on their children’s development skills.

The center-based Head Start program is looking for children 3 or 4 years old. Parents of children with special needs also are encouraged to apply. Head Start offers children from diverse backgrounds active learning activities, nutritious meals and snacks, health screenings, and disabilities and mental health services. Some sites also provide full-day Head Start or childcare services for working families.

In the North Central area, Head Start programs are run through the Washington Elementary School District and include sites at Desert View, Maryland, Mountain View, Orangewood, R.E. Miller, Sunnyslope, and Washington elementary schools.

Families must meet federal income guidelines for family size to be eligible to enroll in these educational programs. For more information, call Early Head Start at 602-495-7050 or Head Start at 620-262-4040 or visit phoenix.gov/headstart.

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