Catholic Charities in the News

As the charitable arm of the Diocese of Phoenix, we help the most vulnerable in seven counties in Northern and Central Arizona.

Contact: Jean Christofferson
Catholic Charities Community Services
Cell: 602-650-4847




PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug.16, 2018): Catholic Charities Westside Head Start still has openings for children ages 3-5 or with special needs, foster children, homeless families and families meeting poverty income guidelines. Early Head Start also has openings for expectant mothers, infants, and toddlers in the home-based program option.

The free program, which operates in 44 classrooms throughout western Maricopa County, provides comprehensive early childhood development services to economically disadvantaged children and their families with a special emphasis on promoting school readiness in language and cognitive development, early reading, science and mathematics, social skills and physical development.

Education programming is based on a hands-on active approach to learning that reflects the interest and needs of each child.

Other Head Start program services include a meal each day; health services that include, but are not limited to, vision, hearing and development screenings and health education; parent engagement through activities and events; and disability services.

Head Start offers full or half-day programs (morning and afternoon).

Minimum income requirements range from $16,460 for a family of two to $42,380 for a family of eight.

Applications can be found at

To schedule an appointment, contact local Head Start offices in Avondale (for Avondale, El Mirage, Goodyear and Litchfield Park) at (602) 287-6199; in Glendale at (623) 934-3657; in Tolleson (for Buckeye, Palo Verde, Peoria and Tolleson) at (623) 932-3517; and in Peoria at (623) 486-7211.

For individual appointments, applicants should provide proof of income (last year’s tax return, W-2, SSI award letter, court child support or alimony, unemployment award letter, TANF award letter or last paycheck stub), a birth certificate and immunization record or card for each child and proof of address (driver’s license or utility bill).

For more information, please contact Catholic Charities at 602-285-1999 or visit

Founded in 1933, Catholic Charities Community Services provides care for the vulnerable of all faiths in Central and Northern Arizona through programs in foster care, early education, affordable housing, veterans’ services, refugee resettlement, and homeless outreach. Learn more by visiting Social connections include and