Wednesday, April 23, 2014
LCPS Mission: The Las Cruces Public Schools, in partnership with students, families, and the community, provide a student-centered learning environment that cultivates character, fosters academic excellence, and embraces diversity.

Head Start

Head Start is located at 821 East Lohman

Enrollment Procedures

Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for children from low-income families and who are three and four years old. It is a nationally recognized program that enhances the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of each child.

LCPS has ten elementary schools that have morning and afternoon sessions. Classes meet 3 1/2 hours per day, Monday – Friday. Morning sessions are from 7:45 – 11:15 am; afternoon sessions are from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. The program does not provide transportation.

Head Start elementary schools:

César Chávez
Columbia
Conlee
Doña Ana
Hermosa Heights
Loma Heights
MacArthur
Mesilla Park
Tombaugh
Valley View

Booker T.Washington has a three- and four-year-old full day program that meets Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. Families must live in the Booker T. Washington school boundaries in order to attend.

Families interested in Head Start may fill out an application during recruitment or may inquire at the Head Start office located at 821 E. Lohman, 575-527-6020.

Education

The educational program is designed to meet the needs of each individual child. Every child receives a variety of learning experiences, which fosters intellectual, social and emotional growth. Children participate in indoor and outdoor play and are introduced to concepts that will be the foundation of the elementary school curriculum. The main topics that will be covered are literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, technology, and problem solving skills.

Nutrition

Nutrition is an integral part of the program. Meals and snacks are served to meet at least one third of the child’s daily nutritional needs. Classroom cooking activities are also provided to not only enhance learning but also to focus on healthy eating habits.

Health and Development Services

Head Start emphasizes preventive care and early detection of health problems. In collaboration with parents, each child’s health status is determined through a variety of health and developmental screenings. Help is provided to parents to coordinate with community agencies to obtain medical and dental examinations for the Head Start child.

Mental Health

Mental Health professionals work with staff and parents to encourage children to express their feelings, develop self confidence and get along with others. Psychological and social services are provided to Head Start children and their families as need is identified through referrals to community resources as need is identified through in-house referrals and referrals to community agencies.

Services for Children with Disabilities

The program offers 10 percent of its available slots for children with diagnosed disabilities. Our staff is trained and works closely with school personnel to provide services to disabled children while providing them with an integrated, developmentally appropriate early childhood experiences within the Head Start classroom.

Family Partnerships

An essential part of every Head Start program is the involvement of parents in education, program planning and operation. Families are invited to participate at all levels of the program. Many volunteer in the classroom and some even serve as members of the programs Policy Council. The Head Start Parent Policy Council is made up of representatives from each classroom. The council meets once a month to discuss policies and procedures. In addition, each classroom conducts several parent meetings centered around various topics chosen by the parents. Head Start families are also provided information/programs on nutrition, child growth and development, health, mental health and leadership. Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESL classes which are provided by the Doña Ana Community College.

Other Head Start Links

Head Start Bureau: www.acf.hhs.gov/program/hsb/

National Head Start Association: www.nhsa.org/

Staff

Alvidrez, Karen Secretary
575-527-5867 Add to Address Book
Artiaga, Maria Head Start Coordinator
575-527-6020 Add to Address Book
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