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Our Mission

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To deliver Head Start and related programs throughout southeastern Arizona from prenatal through preschool age children and their families. The focus of our work is:

  • Early Childhood Development & School Readiness
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Parent Engagement & Family Development

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We Believe

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  • Children are magical and competent, and constant, curious learners;
  • Parents want the best for their children, and learning for themselves;
  • Staff bring expertise with an attitude that supports teamwork, learning and development;
  • Learning thrives within respectful relationships;
  • Positive Outcomes result from appropriate and consistent learning over time; and
  • We All participate in life-long learning as both teachers and learners.

 

At Child-Parent Centers

We envision strong communities filled with successful children and families
  We work everyday to better serve parents and children, nurturing their ability to meet their goals by providing educational opportunities for both adults and children.   

 

Our History

Head Start Begins

Head Start Begins

The Head Start program began as a summer program through local public schools.Funding was $96,400,000, enrollment was 561,000. Lyndon Johnson, president

Child-Parent Centers Founded

Child-Parent Centers Founded

Child-Parent Centers was founded as Child Development Centers, a Tucson-based community action group.  Operating as a not-for-profit organization we served a small number of children and families in the Tucson area.

Child-Parent Centers Incorporates

Child-Parent Centers Incorporates

The Tucson-based community action group incorporated. Child-Parent Centers became a delegate agency for Head Start; thus we became the original Head Start grantee for Pima and Santa Cruz Counties.

First Expansion

First Expansion

Child-Parent Centers expanded to add Cochise, Graham, and Greenlee Counties. Head Start changed from a summer program to a school-year program.

Sole provider of Head Start in Southeastern Arizona

Sole provider of Head Start in Southeastern Arizona

Federal changes to teacher certification requirements caused school districts to end Head Start services; thus Child-Parent Centers became the sole provider of Head Start in southeastern Arizona.

 Awarded Grantee Status

Awarded Grantee Status

Applies and was successfully named Head Start grantee for southeastern Arizona. Child-Parent Centers began to open centers in Marana, Nogales, Rio Rico, Safford, Pima, Duncan, Bisbee, Willcox,and other Tucson surrounding areas. The total number of children served by Child-Parent Centers increases to over 700.

Service Expansion Begins

Service Expansion Begins

Congress increased funding for Head Start nationwide Child-Parent Centers Expands:   1993 - served 1,128 children in 28 centers.  1996 - served 1,712 children in 39 centers.  1997 - served 1,997 children in 41 centers. Increased service options; added full day-full year, family literacy (parent and child both attend school), and home-based services.

Early Head Start Funded

Early Head Start Funded

Child-Parent Centers, Inc. began the implementation process of the Early Head Start program with 199 pregnant women, infants and toddlers in Tucson and Safford. Through a unique partnership, 70 of these participants received Early Head Start services through the Blake Foundation. The emphasis on delivery of quality services continued with the restructuring of program support and supervision. Child-Parent Centers also partnered with CODAC Behavioral Health Services for a full-day Head Start Program. CPC's partnerships with the public schools include collaboration on services for children with disabilities, curriculum models and food programs.

Emphasis on School Readiness

Emphasis on School Readiness

The Head Start Outcomes Framework was published in 2003 and CPC commits to developing its own classroom curriculum, Languages of Learning, inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Enrollment expands to 2285 with the addition of 430 children in the Early Head Start program.

Child-Parent Centers Today

Child-Parent Centers Today

Forty-seven years later and over 2700 children enrolled at the start of 2013, we continue to provide high quality early childhood education services in southeastern Arizona.  Children leave Head Start ready for school. Sadly, due to federally mandated budget cuts 161 children have lost the opportunity to attend our Head Start program, along with 57,000 children nationwide. Parents and communities have rallied to restore lost Head Start services and we are hopeful the U.S. Congress will resend these unnecessary budget cuts. 


Our Values

To provide and encourage

  • Safe, healthy, nurturing and happy environments.
  • Ethical leadership, high standards, and continuous improvement.
  • Staff development and assist one another to find our own voice.
  • Open, honest communications that acknowledge diverse perspectives.
  • Integrity, personal responsibility, and a sense of ownership.
  • Collaborative relationships, mentoring and teamwork.
  • The unique role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher, as a decision maker, and as a partner in teaching and learning.
  • The unique contributions made by people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • We value accountability and the efficient use of public funds to ensure positive outcomes for children, families and the community.

 

 

 

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                                                  This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer./Esta instituci√≥n es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.