Providing opportunities for marginalized children to overcome social and racial inequities and break the cycle of poverty

Early Education Services

Child Crisis Arizona believes that the path out of poverty is education. Research demonstrates that early childhood is the place to start and that these efforts must include the child’s entire family to overcome racial and ethnic inequities and break the cycle of generational poverty. To impact this very real community need, Child Crisis Arizona has offered Early Education Services to infants, toddlers, and their families since 1999.

Families in these programs are assigned a Family Support Specialist who work with them to identify problems and find resources to become stronger family units. As we work to eliminate the barriers these low-income families have to be successful, they are better able to support their child’s education. Support services not only extend to the adults, but to the siblings as well. The Phoenix Early Education Center serves families from the poorest zip codes in the city, while the Mesa Early Education Center serves any eligible family within Mesa.


“Continue motivating our families and children as always. Continue to do an excellent job as you have done so far with our children. Thank you very much.”

– Mesa Early Head Start Parent

Early Head Start Program

Child Crisis Arizona operates Early Head Start programs in Phoenix and Mesa. Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children ages 0-3, who are living at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Family Support Specialists work with participating families through prenatal, home-based and center-based visits. The program provides safe and enriching care that stimulates the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers.


Now enrolling! Registrese Ahora!

Early Head Start is now enrolling pregnant women and children, ages 0-3. 

Mamas Embarazada’s y niños 0-3 años.

Please call/ Por favor llama 480-304-9501

Preschool Program

Preschool serves children ages 3-5 from families living at or below 200% of the FPL. The program goal is to help children be kindergarten-ready; therefore, focusing heavily on literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math).

Why are Early Education Services important?

  • Promote healthy child development
  • Help parents build strong relationships with their child
  • Connect children and families with needed community resources
  • Support families as they move towards self-sufficiency

How does the child benefit?

  • Low teacher-child ratios.
  • Small group sizes ensure that services are individualized.
  • Support through parent education, child advocacy and training opportunities.
  • A myriad opportunities to develop physical, social and emotional skills.

How does the family benefit?


  • Guidance and support to build strong families through parent education, child advocacy training and connections with community services.
  • Parents are welcome in the classroom.
  • Family Support Specialist works with families through prenatal, home-based and center-based visits.
  • Works with assigned Family Support Specialist to identify barriers to success and overcome those barriers treating the family holistically and striving to elevate the family.

View our 2022 Early Head Start Annual Report | 2022 Annual Report in Spanish


Enrollment Requirements

Phoenix Early Head Start & Preschool Programs

  • Prenatal moms and children ages 0-3 that live in zip codes 85006, 85008, 85009, 85016, 85018, 85034, & 85041
  • Children ages 3-5 that meet our program eligibility requirements
  • Please call (602) 889-6165 for more information on requirements

Mesa Early Head Start & Preschool Programs

  • Prenatal moms and children ages 0-3 in Mesa
  • Children ages 3-5 that meet our program eligibility requirements
  • To enroll, please call (480) 304-9501

How To Enroll

(602) 889-6165 to enroll and for more information.