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Grant supports Head Start parent conference

The Dona Ana County Head Start program, sponsored by New Mexico State University's College of Education, has received a $6,000 grant from El Paso Electric Co. to support a conference for parents.



A $6,000 check from El Paso Electric Co. to support a Head Start parent conference is presented by Robert C. McNeil, El Paso Electric Co. vice president - New Mexico Affairs, to Mary Jane Embury, Dona Ana County Head Start director.

The El Paso Electric Community Development Funds will be used for Head Start's annual fall parent conference and workshop, said Mary Jane Embury, Head Start project director.

The grant enables Head Start to schedule nationally known writer Leonard Olguin, an expert on literacy and bilingualism, as a conference presenter.

The Sept. 9 conference will train parents in the areas of literacy, language development, substance abuse, guidance and discipline, child abuse prevention, parenting skills, advocacy, nutrition and early childhood education, Embury said.

"We provide valuable information from other community agencies at this conference as well," Embury said.

Head Start is celebrating 35 years of helping families, children and communities, Embury said.

For more information about the conference call Head Start at (505) 647-8733, ext. 112.

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CUTLINE: A $6,000 check from El Paso Electric Co. to support a Head Start parent conference is presented by Robert C. McNeil, El Paso Electric Co. vice president - New Mexico Affairs, to Mary Jane Embury, Dona Ana County Head Start director.

Rita A. Popp
May 24, 2000