Infant & Toddler Program

    • Early Head Start is an Infant & Toddler program providing family-centered services for low-income families with very young children from 6 weeks to 2 years and 9 months of age. These programs are designed to promote the development of children, and to enable their parents to fulfill their roles as parents and to move toward self-sufficiency.

    • Tailored for the unique needs of infants and toddlers.  Promote the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally enriching caregiving. This prepares these children for continued growth and development and eventual success in school and life.

    • Encourages opportunities for infants and toddlers to engage in movement, play, and exploration

    • At the end of the program, 3-year-old children performed significantly better on a range of cognitive, language, and social and emotional development measures than a randomly assigned control group. Additionally, the parents of the 3-year-olds scored significantly higher than control group parents on many aspects of home environment, parenting behavior, and progress toward self-sufficiency.


    Who Is Eligible?

    Low-income families with children 4 years of age by December 31, 2024, and who reside within the boundaries of the Deer Valley School District may be eligible. Children aged 3 are accepted if no eligible 4-year-olds are currently waiting for services. The priorities are as follows:

    • Children are referred by Deer Valley Unified School District for special services.

    • 10% enrollment

    • Families who meet or earn less than the 2024 Federal Family Income Guidelines are as follows:

    Family Size                   Yearly Gross Income

    1                               $15,060

    2                               $20,440

    3                               $25,820

    4                               $31,200

    5                               $36,580

    6                               $41,960

    7                               $47,340 

    8                               $52,720


    * For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $5,380 for each additional person.

    Additional risk factors are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    How do I apply for Early Head Start services?

    You may apply for Early Head Start by filling out the On Line Interest Form  If you need further assistance, contact the District Head Start office at 602-467-6013.

  • If you would like to fill out the interest form, please click the form below or scan the QR code:

    Interest Form