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City of Phoenix Birth to Five Program Recruiting ChildrenCity of Phoenix Birth to Five Program Recruiting Children<div class="ExternalClassAD511C7CEAD441A38AFDFC4E833A84E4"><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">The city of Phoenix Head Start Birth to Five Program is now recruiting children for the 2016-17 school year.  This program is a school readiness program serving low-income families living within the city of Phoenix.  There are variety of service options available.</span></p><p>The Early Head Start program is seeking parents or guardians with children from birth to 3 years old and at risk pregnant women to participate in either the home-based program or center-based program through child care partnerships: </p><ul><li>The home-based program serves children whose parents or guardians are not working.  Parents or guardians commit to weekly home visits to educate them about child development and quality parent-child interactions.  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.</li><li>The center-based program provides full-day/full-year childcare serves for parents or guardians working or attending school full time.</li></ul><p>The Head Start program is looking for children 3 or 4 years old.  Parents or guardians of children with special needs or concerns about their child's development are always encouraged to apply for this school readiness option:</p><ul><li>The center-based preschool program offers children from diverse backgrounds active learning activities, nutritious meals and snacks, health screenings and mental health services.  Service options vary by site and community, but include such options as a full school day, childcare extended days, and half day options. </li></ul><p>The involvement of parents or guardians in education, program planning and operation is an important part of school readiness and the Head Start program.  Parents or guardians play an active role in all aspects of the program.  Through parent or guardian engagement activities, families are encouraged to create stable, supportive environments to help their children learn and grow. This may include securing employment, housing or other identified family goals. </p><p>Families must meet federal income guidelines for family size to be eligible to enroll in these educational programs.</p><p>For more information, call Early Head Start at 602-495-7050 or Head Start at 602-262-4040 or visit phoenix.gov/headstart.        </p><p><img src="/humanservicessite/MediaAssets/1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:213px;" />                                 </p></div>4/5/2016 5:00:00 PMAlejandro Montiel, 602-534-3443Head Start602-262-4040