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Head Start seeking applicants

The Dona Ana County Head Start, locally administered through New Mexico State University, is accepting applications for the 2003-2004 school year.


art is a federally funded, comprehensive child development program that offers educational, medical, dental, nutritional, psychological 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, (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 Herrera, family services specialist, at (505) 647-8733, ext. 114.