Catholic Charities Westside Head Start

Avondale will be served as Catholic Charities Westside Head Start expands to the Littleton Elementary School District.

Catholic Charities’ Westside Head Start Program is expanding into the Littleton Elementary School District. The program’s goal is “to assist parents in better fostering their children’s education and development and to enhance the potential for success and kindergarten readiness.”

Classes are currently conducted virtually via Zoom on parents’ cellphones or computers. For those families without access to a computer to receive assignments and communication, the Westside Head Start education team will deliver packets and supplies to children and families so that every child has access to lessons.

Program hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for children 3 to 5 years old. The program capacity is 59 children. When permitted, students will attend the program in new, specially designed, age-appropriate classrooms at the elementary school.

To enroll, parents can go online to catholiccharitiesaz.org/all-locations/youth-development to access the application portal in English and Spanish.

Westside Head Start Area Manager Suzanne Boursaw said, “This site will provide a great partnership with Littleton Elementary while serving families in the Avondale community.”

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, social and emotional competence to prepare disadvantaged children for school and to maximize their potential for a bright future. Westside Head Start offers classes in Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Littleton, Peoria and Tolleson.

Students and families eligible to enroll in Westside Head Start include expectant mothers, children ages 0-5, children with special needs, foster children and homeless children. For more information, call 623-486-9868.