Head Start program now enrolling for fall semester

Grand Canyon Unified School District

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Grand Canyon Unified School District

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — In a 2016 study, the Brookings Institution — a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. — found Head Start improves educational outcomes, increasing the probability that participants will graduate from high school, attend college and receive a post-secondary degree, license or certification.

Access to a quality Head Start program also produces positive social, emotional and behavioral development that becomes evident in adulthood in the form of self-control, self-esteem and positive parenting practices, according to the study.

The Head Start program at Grand Canyon is now enrolling for the fall semester for income-eligible families. The program is free for those who qualify and provides classroom instruction and home-based services for children aged 3-5. Instruction and services is also available for children with special needs.

To apply for the program, interested families will need to provide the following:

  • Evidence of family income for the past year — this includes a completed tax return for 2017, W-2 forms for each working family member, or pay stubs for the past 12 months;
  • A copy of a birth certificate for each child;
  • An up-to-date record of immunizations for each child, including a vaccination for varicella (chicken pox) and
  • A completed application.

The program is open to all residents of Grand Canyon, Tusayan and Valle. More information is available by calling (928) 660-1259.

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