What is Head Start?

Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive early childhood development programs serving low-income children from ages birth to five and their families. Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded programs that are operated by local entities.  Salt Lake Community Action Program, doing business as Utah Community Action, is the grantee for Head Start serving Salt Lake and Tooele Counties.  Children who attend Head Start participate in school-readiness curriculum that includes literacy, language, science, mathematics, and social-emotional development. They also receive medical and dental services, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing safely indoors and outdoors.

In addition to the educational services, family involvement is at the core of our success. Head Start/Early Head Start families can take part in the classroom as a volunteer, help with classroom projects, and even help develop curriculum. Elected family members take part in our Policy Council, a board that partners with staff members in decision-making responsibilities for the program. Families can participate in trainings in areas such as parenting, job training, health and nutrition, as well as learn about other resources in our community.

Benefits of Head Start

Numerous studies have confirmed time and again that a child’s learning begins at birth. For children living in poverty, quality pre-kindergarten education such as provided by Head Start/Early Head Start is crucial in establishing life-long healthy patterns and development. Because experiences between birth and age five shape a child for life, the quality of the child’s environment, social interactions, and learning experiences during those years is critical.

Agency’s Key Results

Utah Community Action strives to achieve three key results each year:

  • 95% of children will be academically ready for kindergarten
  • 90% of clients will receive services that enhance their health and well being
  • 80% of clients will make gains towards self-sufficiency

Program Options

(Options vary by site.)

  • Half-day a.m. & p.m.
  • Single-session with extended care (approximate times 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.)
  • Home Based
  • Breakfast, lunch and snack served during class time.

Learn More:

Click here to watch a video about Head Start:

Click here to see the day in a life of one of our Families:


Thank You ORI MEDIA for your production of these videos!

More Information:

Please visit the following web sites for more information on Head Start/Early Head Start and other early childhood issues.