Early Childhood Development

CPLC’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) program provides an array of services to support the health, well-being, and future educational success of young children. The program fosters family self-sufficiency by providing early childhood education and childcare services to low-income families across Arizona with children under five years old.

ECD administers CPLC’s Early Head Start and Migrant & Seasonal Head Start programs. Early Head Start serves children ages 0-3 with a focus on pregnant and parenting teens. Migrant & Seasonal Head Start services are provided to children ages 0-5 in areas where hand-picked and row crops are most prevalent.

Launched in 1965, the Head Start program was designed with a goal of providing preschool aged children from low income families with comprehensive services which would meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs. CPLC ECD families represent an underserved population with mounting challenges:  
  • Poverty
  • Housing shortages
  • Unemployment
  • Health concerns
  • Hazardous working conditions
  • Poor nutrition
  • Cultural and language barriers

By understanding the needs of low-income families and assessing the gaps and resources in local communities, CPLC ECD plans more effective strategies for children’s success in education and family empowerment. Our ECD program serves more than 1,000 children every year in Maricopa, Pinal, Cochise and Yuma Counties.

Intake / Admissions
1 (602) 716-0160