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Dona Ana County Head Start program still accepting applications for 2012-13 school year

The Dona Ana County Head Start program, sponsored by New Mexico State University, is still accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year.

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that offers educational, medical, dental, nutritional, psychological and other services to families. To qualify, children must be three to five years old or have a diagnosed developmental delay, and their families must meet federal income guidelines. Children who are four years old before Sept. 1 are given priority.

To apply, parents should take proof of income that shows total family income such as prior year's tax return, three or more pay stubs, a written statement from employer, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, scholarships and financial aid. Parents should also take verification of age in the form of a birth certificate, baptismal certificate, passport or hospital record, to one of the following centers:

NMSU Head Start, Myrna's Children Village, 575-646-2889
Compaņeros/Head Start Sam Steel and Williams Myrna's Children Village, 575-646-4708
Lester Head Start, 2200 Lester Ave., Las Cruces 575-527-8695
Mesilla Head Start, Mesilla Community Center, 575-527-1006
Vado Head Start, Vado Community Center, 575-233-2401
Anthony I Head Start, 609 Church St., 575-882-3258
Anthony II Head Start, 609 Church St., 575-882-7924
Anthony III Head Start, 609 Church St., 575-882- 1109
Berino Head Start, Berino Elementary School, 575-882-2110

For more information contact Elisa A. West at 575-647-8733, ext. 114, or elisherr@nmsu.edu.