Head Start

Annually Serving over 700 Disadvantaged Children for 26+ years

Centro’s long-standing and outstanding relationships in the Utah community allow it to exceed its funded enrollment each year. Centro annually serves more than 700 Early Head Start and Head Start children throughout the state of Utah in both rural and urban areas.

"I believe that this is one of the most constructive, and one of the most sensible, and also one of the most exciting programs that this nation has ever undertaken. We have taken up the age-old challenge of poverty and we don't intend to lose generations of our children to this enemy of the human race."
- President Johnson 1965, regarding the implementation of Head Start

What is Head Start?

Since its inception in 1965, Head Start has promoted school readiness among economically disadvantaged and underserved children through the provision of educational, health, nutrition, and other social services.

With over 26 years of experience providing comprehensive Head Start Services to Utah's children, Centro has developed an intimate appreciation of minority, immigrant, and low-income communities that has earned the trust of the communities in which we serve and made its services a refuge for those in need.

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Head Start Programs & Child Care Partnerships

  • Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start – This program serves pregnant mothers and children from 6 weeks to five 5 years of age, and specifically serves low-income families working in agriculture (i.e. crop production, animal production, forestry, logging).
  • Region VIII Head Start – This program specifically serves low-come children from 3 to 5 years of age.

"Through this partnership, we not only have the extra funds to help with the staff and materials that we need, but my staff can see how we can best benefit children."
- Jill Davidson, Director Smart Kids West Jordan

  • Migrant Early Head Start Child Care Partnership – This program, serving children from 6 weeks to five 5 years of age whose low-income families work in agriculture, combines the strengths of the Early Head Start program with those of licensed childcare providers by implementing full-day, full-year Early Head Start program services within local day-care centers. Serves .
  • Region VIII Early Head Start Child Care Partnership – This program, serving low-come children from 6 weeks to 3 years of age, also combines the strengths of the Early Head Start program with those of licensed childcare providers by implementing full-day, full-year Early Head Start program services within local day-care centers.