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Dona Ana County Head Start receives perfect rating

Dona Ana County Head Start, which is locally administered by New Mexico State University's College of Education, received a perfect rating from the Regional Federal Review team after a week-long evaluation.

of the review team checked for compliance with more than 1,700 federal regulations by visiting Head Start classrooms in the county, observing teachers and children and interviewing parents, Head Start's community partners and Policy Council and Governing Board representatives.

The review team was made up of early childhood development experts, Head Start program administration and consultants with expertise in component operations. Federal reviews for all Head Start programs in the country take place every three years.

Dona Ana County Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that currently serves 258 families with children ages 3 to 5 years in Las Cruces, Mesilla, Vado and Anthony. It has been in 100 percent compliance with Federal Performance Standards for the past 15 years.

Rocio Rueda
Dec. 18, 2002