Mission & History

Centro de la Familia de Utah is a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy and engaged communities by advocating for children’s educational success. Working with children and families for over 43 years, Centro has excelled at managing early outreach and educational programs among underserved communities in both urban and rural areas.

Today, Centro operates five rural Head Start centers and nine Head Start childcare partnership as well as a portfolio of outcome-based programs for elementary, middle and high school students, and programs for adults that provide the tools and skills necessary for self-sufficiency.

Mission

Centro de la Familia de Utah (Centro) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to promoting educational success for children and families, and fostering healthy and engaged communities.

Vision

Educated, self-sustained, and empowered families strengthening communities.

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History

The organization originally incorporated in April of 1975 as the Institute of Human Resource Development (IHRD) during the Chicano movement in Utah. Since its inception, the agency has taken an interest in serving youth.

“Centro’s commitment to provide high quality education experiences results in very high participant retention rates, engaged learning in our classes and families who feel well-cared for and respected. We are honored to partner with them, educating all family members, as they learn and implement best practices to care for their individual health and for each other.”
- DeAnn Tilton, Founder of Talk to a Survivor

During the 80s and 90s, programs to prevent substance abuse and its associated problems were incorporated into the agency’s mental health services. To incorporate these programs Centro initiated its Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (HYLI) program as well as several other community programs. The HYLI program alone provided prevention services to more than 300 high-risk Latino youth.

In 1991, the federal government contracted with IHRD to implement the Migrant Head Start Program (MHSP) for the state. For over 26 years, Centro’s Migrant Head Start Program annually served more than 400 migrant and seasonal farm worker families via three centers located in the towns of Honeyville, Providence, and Genola. In April of 1994, the board and staff, with the help of community leaders, decided the name IHRD no longer exemplified the mission of the agency and changed its name to Centro de la Familia de Utah.

“Centro incorporated real-time monitoring software as part of their program, which links all monitoring protocols and activities to the Head Start Performance Standards (HSPS), state licensing and to the agency’s 5-year goals allowing for determination of progress made toward goal attainment and/or the need for intentional modification of activities.”
- National Migrant Head Start Association

Centro also has two Region VIII Head Start centers in Sanpete County that have been in operation since 2001 and was awarded two more grants to operate Early Head Start Child Care Partnership programs in 2014 – the Region 8 (RCCP) program and the Migrant (MCCP) program.

Today the agency continues to fulfill its mission and impact the neediest populations in Utah through its Head Start and community programs.

2017 Annual Report (6.7mb)