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If you or a family member has ever attended Westside Head Start, or if you are an expectant mother, please do not apply online.  Call 623- 486-9868.

  Now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Program Year. 

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Catholic Charities Westside Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive, early, continuous, year-round, childhood education through a holistic approach by working with the whole family. We also offer in-home services for pregnant expectant mothers. Our programs emphasize pre-reading, language, math, cognitive skills, health, and social and emotional competence to prepare disadvantaged children for school and to maximize their potential for a bright future.

We also offer home based services for expectant mothers and children 0-3 through weekly home visits to each enrolled child and family. WSHS provides child-focused visits that promote the parents’ ability to support their child’s development. The visits last 90 minutes. Twice a month, the program offers opportunities for parents and children to come together as a group for learning, discussion and social activity.

For our center-based program, we offer full day, 8:00 am-2:00pm sessions.

Who is eligible?

  • Expectant mothers
  • Children, ages 0-5
  • Children with special needs, foster children, and homeless families

Families that meet the below income eligibility

Persons in family/household       Income Level
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

There are multiple locations throughout the West Valley of the Phoenix Metropolitan area for those who qualify.

Call Your Closest Area Office for more information.

Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear, Tonopah

South Avondale/Cashion, Tolleson, Peoria, Surprise/El Mirage


Home Based Services

Note: Some users may need to "allow popups" from "" in order to use the Head Start Center locator provided below.

2022-2023 WSHS Annual Report

Annual Reports - 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022

WSHS periodically seeks out proposals and bids for goods and non-consumer services from independent contractors, agencies, and firms through an RFP process.

Click Here to View Current/Outstanding RFP's

WSHS is seeking qualified early education teachers and other staff to join our team.

Civil Rights
State agencies and child nutrition sponsoring agencies shall comply with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

Additionally, recipients are required to notify applicants with disabilities and limited English proficiency (LEP) persons of their right to free language assistance and accommodations and to provide these services upon request. Notification of this must be clearly stated on recipient websites.

In the operation of the Child Nutrition Programs, no individual in the United States shall solely by reason of his or her race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), age, or disability, be excluded from the participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Free language assistance, auxiliary aids, and/or accommodations are available upon request. Please contact 602-542-8700 or email

Child and Adult Care Food Program – Child Nutrition Programs

Westside Head Start participates in the CACFP child nutrition program and therefore free language assistance, auxiliary aids, and/or accommodations are available upon request to any participants in relation to this program.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Please contact your FSS for Westside Head Start for any questions regarding the CACFP and or the State of Arizona for any questions regarding Civil Rights.