Head Start

GPUL 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.

GPUL 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


GPUL 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

Registration Contact Information

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)