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.


Westside Head Start Program Enrolling For 2022-23 Program Year

PEORIA, Ariz. (June 22, 2022): Catholic Charities Westside Head Start is enrolling students for the 2022-23 school year, which will include enrollment for Head Start, Early Head Start, pregnant mothers and home-based programs.

Catholic Charities Westside Head Start provides comprehensive early, continuous, year-round childhood education through a holistic approach by working with the whole family. Programs emphasize pre-reading, language, math, cognitive skills and health, and social and emotional competence to prepare disadvantaged children for school and to maximize their potential for a bright future.

“Coming out of the current situation that we expect will impact many students’ educational progress, it is critical that we re-engage with students and families and open opportunities for new students and families to ensure that their path to learning remains vibrant and impactful,” said Westside Head Start Executive Director Yatin Dua. “Early education is vital to establishing a solid foundation for lifelong learning.”

Full-day, duration classrooms (8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), Full-day, non-duration classrooms (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and half-day (8-11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) classes are available in Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Tonopah, Peoria and Tolleson.

Students and families eligible to enroll in Westside Head Start include expectant mothers, children ages 0-5, and children with special needs, foster children and homeless children. Enrollment, other than for families with a member who has attended Westside Head Start or expectant mothers, can be completed online at The website offers both English and Spanish.

Expectant mothers and families with members who have attended the program should call 623-486-9868.

About Catholic Charities:

Founded in 1933, Catholic Charities provides care for the vulnerable of all faiths in central and northern Arizona through programs in foster care, early education, veteran services, refugee resettlement, and homeless outreach. Housing for Hope, a separate 501c3, is an affiliate of Catholic Charities and provides affordable housing. Learn more by visiting or Social connections include and

Jean Christofferson
Catholic Charities Community Services