Head Start

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A female student reads a book to two young children.
What is _____?: 

What is Head Start?

Head Start volunteers promote school readiness by assisting pre-school aged children of low-income families to enhance their social and cognitive development. Volunteers assist in the classroom by reading to the children and playing games with them. Transportation will be needed, or students can carpool with other volunteers.


Volunteer Commitment: Volunteers can participate Monday through Thursday for any period of time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A weekly commitment is preferred.


Foreign Language Volunteers (not required):

If you are foreign language volunteer, there will be an additional training required to be instructed on dual-language teaching styles and techniques that will be implemented in the classroom. This training will be scheduled when you’ve been in contact with one of our Head Start Program Directors.



Program Directors: 

Program Directors

Marie Miller

(208) 709-3252


Colter Miller

(208) 709-3117


Samantha Taylor

(801) 915-3977


Kelley Krage

(619) 534-7087


Kate Jarvis

(801) 473-9804


Brinley Bywater

(801) 349-7007


Active Semesters

Fall   Winter


Time Commitment 

Weekly commitment 




How do I get involved?: 

How do I get involved?

For more information or to start volunteering, please send an email to headstart@byu.edu, and please specify in your email if you speak a foreign language. After meeting with a program director for a brief orientation, you will be assigned a classroom. 


Please complete this mandatory 20 minute child protection training before you begin working with the children. 





The second you walk into the classroom, the kids make you feel like you’re a celebrity. The kids don’t necessarily come from the most ideal circumstances so they just need to know that they are loved and that there are people who care. It’s a neat experience to be able to fulfill that role for them and to have so much fun doing it!

-Megan Holbrook (2018)