Head Start

Walk-in Application Intakes are held every Wednesday (except on holidays) from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm at HJS Head Start (336 East 3900 South).

What Head Start Can Do for Your Child

Head Start is a federal program designed to help young children get basic medical attention, make a smoother transition from early childhood to the school environment, and get on the path to self-sufficiency. Head Start is offered for children ages 3-5, while Early Head Start is available for children 0-2. Head Start is administered by Utah Community Action and other Utah nonprofits.


Head Start is available to children in Utah who turn 3 or 4 by September 1st of the current year. Priority is given to families who have children with disabilities or whose income is within the Federal Poverty Guidelines. If you are over-income and do not qualify, you will be asked for further information.

Head Start is an equal opportunity program and does not discriminate against race, religion, or sex. Utah Community Action does not deny placement on the basis of a disability or its severity to any child. We do not provide transportation for students, however, assistance with carpooling or bus/TRAX vouchers can be made available.

If you have questions, please call the Head Start hotline at 801-972-2337 or e-mail us at erseateam@utahca.org.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame a la línea de ayuda al 801-972-2337 o escríbanos a erseateam@utahca.org

>> Looking for Head Start in Tooele? Call 435-882-6743.

>> Looking for Head Start in Wendover? Call 435-665-7805.

How to Register

If you are interested in having your child participate in Head Start or Early Head Start, please complete the 2018-19 Online Application forms:

Once you’ve submitted the online forms, you must finish the enrollment process in-person. Call 801-972- 2337 or visit us every Wednesday at Howard J. Schutlz Head Start: 336 East 3900 South from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. A specialist will need to verify your child’s age, your household income, your child’s immunization record, and your proof of residency before confirming your classroom placement.

Questions? ERSEAteam@utahca.org or 801-972- 2337.

Please bring the following documents with you to enroll in Head Start:

  1. 1. Child’s birth documentation
    Birth certificate and/or Medicaid card, baptism or blessing certificate, Foster Care placement letter, Hospital Certificate, I-94 or passport.
  2. 2. Child’s immunization record
  3. 3. Proof of income for past 12 months: (bring all that apply)
    Tax forms for the previous year (preferred), W-2 forms, check stubs, child support, unemployment, Social Security or military income, etc.
  4. 4. Proof of Residence
    Recent copy of utility bill, rental agreement, or mortgage statement in parent’s name that lists the address.)
  5. 5. Please also bring:
    A copy of your child’s most recent physical and dental exam (completed in the last 12 months), medical and dental provider information.

What We Do

Social/Emotional Development

Head Start plays a key role in preparing our children for school.  Our teachers and classrooms, combined with supervised interaction with other children, help a growing child develop important social and emotional skills, as well as a healthy concept of their personal identity.  We know that social and emotional well-being in early childhood predicts favorable social, behavioral, and academic adjustment into middle childhood and adolescence.

School Readiness

To prepare children for school, our teachers design curriculum that encourage individual development for each child in three key areas:  language development, which is fundamental to learning; literacy skills that lay the foundation for reading and writing, as well as familiarizing our children with books and other learning tools; and mathematics knowledge and skills, including understanding numbers, shapes, measurement, patterns, and other traditional mathematical problems.  We know that math skills developed during the early years help children to connect ideas, develop logical and abstract thinking, and to question, analyze, and understand the world around them.


Physical well-being, health  and motor skill development in a child are critical to the success of any educational program.  With this in mind, our Head Start classrooms provide our children with the guidance to develop healthy habits that will support a lifelong foundation for a healthy life.  We encourage play and exercise activities that develop strong motor skills so that Head Start children can explore and function in their environments, while they gain confidence in their physical abilities.

Head Start volunteers play a significant role in our classrooms by ensuring that each child receives the time and guidance necessary to become a well-adjusted and engaged student, ready to take the next step forward.

Health Services

The health of Head Start children is one of our primary concerns.  We provide a comprehensive health service program which includes preventive screenings and exams such as, immunizations, EPSDT physical exams, vision and hearing screenings, as well as developmental and mental health screenings.  We work closely with families to ensure they identify a medical support service within the community to give them access accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family centered medical care for years to come.

Oral Health Services

Head Start takes a very active role in dental preventive services and promoting oral health care by working with our children and families to emphasize the importance of establishing good oral health habits at an early age and maintaining them throughout life.  Children receive a yearly comprehensive dental exam, including fluoride application.  Children and their parents are educated in effective dental hygiene practices, including age and development level of the child and their ability to clean their teeth properly, and recommended dental frequency.  Oral health education is completed by staff, and outside collaborative agencies through workshops throughout the year.

Nutrition Services

A critical part of Head Start’s role is focused on nutrition.   We provide our children with two-thirds of their daily nutritional needs, which is important not only for their health and well-being but for their intellectual and social development.  Many children living in poverty are facing malnourishment, hunger, or can be overweight and/or obesity.  Head Start offers nutritious, ethnically diverse and child-friendly food through a state of the art food service program.

Head Start volunteers play a crucial and active role in children’s health and welfare by offering their time and professional services to help ensure each child receives the education, treatment, and support that will lead them to a healthy and fulfilling life.

Parent Engagement

We recognize that the goals for children in Head Start programs could not be met without parental engagement.  Our strong focus on parents sets us apart from other social service programs. We use a variety of strategies to engage parents including teaching them the importance of their role in the education and healthy development of their children. Head Start provides opportunities for parents to contribute to Head Start program management by encouraging them to participate in classroom committees and policy council.  Head Start believes that parents are the primary educator of their child and are urged to be an advocate for their children and their education.

Parent Education and Family Development

Head Start aims to educate the entire family and to assist parents in their personal and family development. Head Start utilizes an individualized approach to parent education based on the identified interests, strengths and the needs of each family member. Case managers work intensely with parents to create goals and to build their capacity as individuals and as families on their path to living self-sufficient lives.

Community Resources

Head Start had established strong partnerships in the community. Collaborations between community agencies plays a crucial role in the comprehensive services that Head Start provides children and their families. Many families are simply unaware of the resources our community has to offer in adult education, social services, and counseling, to name just a few.  By helping to provide access to these community resources, Head Start gives families a way to reach out and develop the foundations they need to reach their goals. These strong community partnerships ensure a seamless delivery of services to families and help avoid the obstacles that often play a large role in the cycle of poverty.

Refer a Family

Would you like to refer a family to Head Start? Please fill in the info below and we’ll contact the family.

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Home Address

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Classroom Locations

9800 S. 800 E.
Sandy 84094

429 South 800 East
Salt Lake City, 84102

6447 West 4100 South
West Valley City, 84128

8446 S. Harrison St. (300 West)
Midvale, 84047

254 Gregson Ave. (3020 S.)
Salt Lake City, 84115

1388 Navajo Street
Salt Lake City, 84104

7 S. Park Street
Grantsville, 84029

662 W. 6140 S.
Murray, 84047

336 E. 3900 S.
Salt Lake City, 84107

1234 South Main
Salt Lake City, 84101

1240 American Beauty Dr. (1065 West)
Salt Lake City, 84116

8275 West  3500 South
Magna, 84044

7430 South 1700 West
West Jordan, 84084

3900 South 250 West
Salt Lake City, 84115

328 West Wasatch St.
Midvale, 84047

217 E. 7800 S.
Midvale, 84047

4405 South 1025 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

4450 W. 3100 S.
Kearns, 84120

73 West 6100 South
Murray, 84107

Neighborhood House 
1050 W. 500 S.
Salt Lake City, 84104

Oquirrh Hills
5241 S. 4280 W.
Kearns, 84118

Palmer Court
999 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, 84111

3060 Lester Street
Salt Lake City, 84119

1307 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, 84104

Salt Lake Community College
4600 South Redwood Road
Salt Lake City, 84123

South Kearns
4430 W. 5570 S.
Kearns, 84118

South Salt Lake
2825 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, 84115

3050 S. 2700 W.
West Valley City, 84119

Terra Linda
8400 South 3400 West
West Jordan, 84088

The Children’s Center
5242 South 4820 West
Kearns, UT 84118

222 North Coleman
Tooele, 84074

University Neighborhood Partners
1700 S. 1578 W.
Salt Lake City, 84119

U of U
1945 E. Sunnyside Ave.
West Village Child Care Center,
Salt Lake City, 84108

1007 Skyhawk
Wendover, 84083

West Jordan
7220 South 2370 West
West Jordan, 84084

West Kearns 
4901 S. 4620 W.
Kearns, 84118

Find an Office

Head Start Main Facilities

Shriver Administration

1307 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

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Office (801)977-1122
Fax (801)977-3929

Tooele Facility

22 N. Coleman Street
Tooele, Utah 84074

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Office (435)882-6743
Fax (435)882-0574

Hal J. Schultz Facility

336 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115

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Office (801)743-6450
Fax (801)743-6452

James R. Russell Facility

1240 No. American Beauty Dr. (1040 W.)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116

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Office (801)323-3900
Fax (801)323-1640

Catherine C. Hoskins Facility

6447 West 4100 South
West Valley, Utah 84128

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Office (801)250-6323
Fax (801)250-5925

South Salt Lake Boys & Girls Club Facility

254 East Gregson Ave. (3020 So.)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115

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Office (801)359-8749
Fax (801)596-1138