At-A-Glance: New Mexico Early Head Start/Head Start

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About the Early Childhood Education and Care Department’s Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO)

Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (HS) are a critical part of New Mexico’s early childhood education and care system. EHS/HS provide low-income and vulnerable pregnant women and children up to the age of five an opportunity to succeed in school and life. These high-quality, federal to locally funded programs offer comprehensive services including education, health, nutrition, family engagement, and mental health services and supports. Head Start is governed by parents—through Policy Councils—parents engage in shared decision-making, program planning, and self-assessments.

EHS/HS programs provide comprehensive early childhood services:
• Early Childhood Education
• Developmental Screenings
• Home Visiting
• Health (physical, oral, and mental)
• Nutrition
• Family Engagement
• Fatherhood Initiatives
• Community Resource