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Head Start plans open house Oct. 22

Dona Ana County Head Start, administered by New Mexico State University, will hold an open house Friday, Oct. 22, in celebration of Head Start Awareness Month.


The open house, set for 2-4 p.m. at the new administrative offices at 2540 El Paseo, Suite B, marks the national program's 34 years of service to children and families. Representatives of community agencies and cooperative organizations, parents, NMSU faculty, staff and students, and members of the public are invited to attend.

Nationally, Head Start provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, parent involvement, disability and family services to 17.7 million preschoolers from low-income families. Dona Ana County Head Start serves 240 families at centers in Las Cruces, Mesilla, San Miguel, Vado and Anthony.

"In our county, Head Start has an impact on improving health care for young children, promoting a comprehensive early childhood program and developing a responsive social service network," said Mary Jane Embury, Dona Ana County Head Start director. "Head Start also fosters a greater awareness among parents of the needs of their children."