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Dona Ana County Head Start seeking applicants

The Dona Ana County Head Start, administered through New Mexico State University, is accepting applications for the 2004-05 school year.


art is a federally funded, comprehensive child development program that offers educational, medical, dental, nutritional, mental health, disability, parent involvement, family partnerships and other services to families. To qualify, children must be 3 to 5 years old or have a diagnosed developmental delay, and their families must meet federal income guidelines. Children who will be 4 years old before Sept. 1 are given priority.

Initiated in 1984, Dona Ana County Head Start classes operate four days a week from mid-August to mid-May. The overall goal of the national Head Start program, which started in 1965, is to bring about a greater degree of social competence in children of low-income families.

To apply, parents should take proof of income, including school scholarships or financial aid; a state-certified birth certificate; a current immunization record; and Medicaid or insurance card, if applicable, to one of the following Head Start Centers:

-- New Mexico State University Head Start, O'Donnell Hall Room 107, (505) 646-2889.

-- Lester Head Start, 2220 Lester Ave., Las Cruces, (505) 527-8695.

-- Mesilla Head Start, Mesilla Community Center, (505) 523-5220.

-- Valley at Mesilla Head Start, Mesilla Community Center, (505) 527-1006.

-- Vado Head Start, Vado Community Center, (505) 233-2401.

-- Anthony I Head Start, Anthony Elementary School, (505) 882-2010.

-- Anthony II Head Start, Anthony Elementary School, (505) 882-7924.

-- Anthony III Head Start, Anthony Elementary School, (505) 882-1109.

-- Anthony IV Head Start, Anthony Elementary School, (505) 882-3258.

For more information call Elisa West, family services specialist, at (505) 647-8733, Ext. 114.