Accessing Services

Who Is Eligible?


Head Start and Early Head Start provides learning and development services to children ages birth to five and pregnant women at no cost. In general, eligibility is based on family income at or below the poverty level. Families with other situations are eligible including homelessness, children in foster care, or those receiving SSI or TANF.

It is important to contact the Head Start or Early Head Start in your community to find out about the local requirements for enrolling your child. Due to limited government funding, there are not enough spaces for all eligible children. If there is not a space for you and your child at this time, ask the program to put your family on the waiting list. We do not provide transportation to program services, however we can help identify transportation assistance if needed

How To Apply?


Applications are received at the EED Administrative Office in Mesa Monday –Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (excluding County Holidays):

  • 2150 S Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201
You may also call the office at 480-464-9669 to speak with a Family Support Specialist who can arrange to meet you at a more convenient location and time.

Applications are accepted year round and the following documents are used to help establish eligibility:

  • Child’s Birth Certificate or Record (To Establish Age)
  • Utility bill or Housing Agreement (To Establish Residency in the Service Area)
  • Pay Stubs or Tax Returns (To Establish 52 weeks of income)
Child Immunization Record and Well-Child Exams will be requested prior to enrollment.