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Greater Phoenix Urban League

1402 S Seventh Ave, Phoenix, AZ. 85007
Phone: 602-254-5611
Fax: 602-253-7359


Established in 1945, the Greater Phoenix Urban League, Inc. is one of the 90 affiliates of the National Urban League. GPUL supports minority families and underserved populations by providing connections to employment, housing, job training, health care, and education. Since our founding, we have served more than 100,000 individuals and continue to develop and expand our programs as we further the Urban League Movement in the greater Phoenix area, changing lives, and empowering communities.

Today, vast disparities continue to exist in the United States leaving generation after generation facing a cycle of poverty with deficient educational standards, unacceptably high unemployment, limited access to quality healthcare, and deplorable housing conditions.

At the Greater Phoenix Urban League we help disenfranchised and underserved groups to meet their immediate basic needs such as job placements and access to health care. The role of the Greater Phoenix Urban League is to provide these communities with the tools to empower themselves, providing opportunities to those caught in the cycle of poverty to change their lives.


What We Do

The Mission of the Greater Phoenix Urban League is to be an agent of change; to support minorities and those in need in achieving economic and social equality through programs in economic empowerment, housing, education, civic engagement, and health and wellness.

Our focus is investing in five foundation areas so we can create a better Arizona for all:

  • ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT:  Every person as access to jobs with a living wage and good benefits
  • HOUSING: Every person lives in safe, decent, affordable and energy-efficient housing on fair terms
  • EDUCATION: Every child is ready for kindergarten, college, work and life
  • CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: Every person has a right to equity and justice
  • HEALTH & WELLNESS: Every person has access to quality and affordable healthcase solutions


Head Start

Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting the development of the whole child. Head Start programs support children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services.

Head Start Program Philosophy

Greater Phoenix Urban League Head Start’s promotes high quality comprehensive services tailored to meet the needs of eligible children and families in our communities. We provide a positive learning environment that equips children with skills to develop social emotional competencies, school readiness success and encourage life-long learning.

Our teachers regard early childhood experiences with the respect and commitment those experiences deserve. The staff works in collaboration with parents who are the child’s first teacher to support the school readiness process.

Head Start Program Values

Greater Phoenix Urban League Head Start operates with the core values of the National Head Start. We are committed to providing equitable services to empower children, families, and staff, by providing compassion, collaboration, quality, communication and honesty.

Communication: to share and receive meaningful information in a timely manner with mutual understanding.

Compassion: to serve with respect, empathy and dignity.

Collaboration: Foster partnerships with the larger community to support our comprehensive services.

Quality: dedicate our efforts and our resources to provide comprehensive services with unyielding determination.

Honesty: be accountable to uphold ethical integrity in all our actions

Head Start’s Vision

A child is a unique individual. The childcare environment will respect the child’s developmental needs. A child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and creative needs must be met. Head Start provides a developmentally appropriate classroom that is rich in cultural values and individual backgrounds of the home and family. We encourage children to express their creativity and we provide hands-on activities that encourage children to problem-solve. The environment is clean, safe and well-planned. Parents are partners with teachers in providing guidance and encouraging the children to interact with their learning environment. The success of each child in Head Start is our primary goal. Children will experience a variety of individualized and group activities. Head Start classrooms provide the following learning centers: DRAMATIC PLAY * SCIENCE * MUSIC & MOVEMENT * BLOCK PLAY * CREATIVE MEDIA (art, play dough etc…) * READING / WRITING * COMPUTER and MANIPULATIVE PLAY (puzzles, small Math Legos etc…)


Click here for the Greater Phoenix Urban League Head Start Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Click here for the Greater Phoenix Urban League Head Start Manual Para Padres 2022-2023

Click here for the City of Phoenix Birth to Five School Readiness Goals



City of Phoenix Birth to Five Program:
(602) 262-4040

GPUL Administration Office:
1402 S. 7th Ave. Phoenix AZ 85007
(602) 276-9305

Pendergast Office:
3802 N. 91st Ave Phoenix AZ 85037

Cartwright Office:
5480 W. Campbell Ave Phoenix AZ 85031

Barry Childhood Center Office:
2533 N. 60th Ave Phoenix AZ 85035

*The Head Start program is funded by the US Administration on Children Youth and Families Division of Health and Human Services. Program is operated on a non-discriminatory basis.

Eligibility Requirements

The following documents are needed for enrollment:

  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Child’s Up-to-Date Immunization-Shot Record or Health Department Issued Exemption Card
  • Child’s Health Insurance
  • Child’s Up-to-Date Physical (Including HGB, Lead & TB)
  • Child’s Up-to-Date Dental Exam
  • Parent/Guardian Photo I.D.
  • Proof of Income for the last 12 months (i.e.: W-2 or 1040, TANF Letter, Child Subsidy Letter, Unemployment Letter of SSI Award Letter)

Click here for the City of Phoenix Birth to Five School Readiness Goals