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Welcome to Head Start & Early Head Start

Now taking new students. Watch the videos below for information on how to apply.

Ahora tomando nuevos estudiantes. Mire los videos a continuación para obtener información sobre cómo presentar una solicitud.

Every Child Deserves a Head Start!

Head Start offers free, high quality child development services to income eligible families with children ages 0-5 years old.  Head Start and Early Head Start is child-focused learning, but also provides comprehensive services to the child's family.
 
We believe that everyone has a variety of strengths and that by encouraging instructional staff and parents to build on those strengths, our efforts will enhance student achievement. 

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(806) 677-5333

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ELIGIBILITY AND ENROLLMENT

Overview

A program must establish its’ own criteria for selection of children to enroll based on community needs.  Eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment and attendance of children are outlined in our Enrollment Plan.  This ensures the Performance Standards are adhered to for processing the eligibility documentation from families who have the greatest need based on income and children's age.                        


Head Start:  Primary Eligibility for Prospective Students

  1. The family's income must fall within the federal poverty income guidelines.
  2. Families and/or Children experiencing homelessness.
  3. Children in foster care.
  4. Families utilizing public benefits:
    1. TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
    2. SSI - Supplementary Security Income
    3. SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  5. Children must meet district age eligibility requirements (some districts also serve 3 year old students) and live within school district boundaries. Due to the Local Education Agency (LEA) partnerships, families must meet and provide documents as required by the district for residency. The exception will be students meeting the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act)

Head Start accepts children who are over income who have an IEP or other family needs. These decisions are made on an individual basis.  

 

Early Head Start:  Primary Eligibility for Prospective Students

  1. The family's income must fall within the federal poverty income guidelines.
  2.  Families and/or Children experiencing homelessness.
  3. Children in foster care.
  4. Children must meet district age eligibility requirements (must be birth to three years of age).
  5. Pregnant women and teens that meet the above eligibility criteria may apply for Early Head Start services.

Early Head Start accepts children who are over income who have an IFSP or other family needs. These decisions are made on an individual basis.  

  • Head Start Classes for children ages 3-5
  • Early Head Start Classes for children ages 0-3
  • Home Based Services for children ages 0-5 (select sites)
  • Pregnant Women Services (select sites)
The mission of the Head Start/Early Head Start program is to bring about a greater degree of social competence in children of enrolled families in a way that:
  • Promotes intellectual and cognitive development
  • Improves physical and mental health
  • Advocates healthy nutritional practices
  • Enhances student achievement
  • Increases parent involvement
  • Encourages self-sufficiency

 

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Head Start Classroom Sites

Located in the following 17 counties: Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Moore, Ochiltree, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Sherman, and Wheeler

Home-Based classes are also active and available.
 

Cities:

 

Amarillo

  • Cleveland Street Center - (806) 677-5401
  • Eastridge Elementary - (806) 326-4300 
  • Margaret Wills Elementary (806) 326-5650 
  • Nelson Street Center - (806) 677-5371
  • Opportunity School - Grand - (806) 381-0551
  • San Jacinto Elementary - (806) 326-5200

Bovina ISD

  • Ridgelea Elementary - (806) 251-1317

Canyon ISD

  • Lakeview Elementary - (806) 677-2830
  • Sundown Lane Elementary - (806) 677-2400
Childress ISD
  • Childress Elementary - (940) 937-6314
Clarendon ISD
  • Clarendon Elementary - (806) 874-3855
Dalhart ISD
  • Dalhart Elementary - (806) 244-7350 
Dimmitt ISD
  • First Steps Childhood Center - (806) 647-4425 
Dumas ISD
  • Greenacres Elementary - (806) 935-4157
  • Morningside Elementary - (806) 935-4153
  • Sunset Elementary - (806) 935-2127
  • Cactus Elementary - (806) 966-5102
Farwell ISD
  • Farwell Elementary - (806) 481-9131
Friona ISD
  • Friona Primary - (806) 250-3936
Hart ISD
  • Hart Elementary - (806) 938-2142
Hereford ISD
  • Tierra Blanca Early Childhood Center – (806) 363-7680
Memphis ISD
  • Travis Elementary - (806) 259-2141
Pampa ISD
  • Lamar Elementary - (806) 669-4880 
Perryton ISD
  • Perryton Kinder - (806) 648-3604
River Road ISD
  • Willow Vista Early Childhood Academy (River Road) - (806) 383-8820
Shamrock ISD
  • Shamrock Elementary – (806) 665-0735
Spearman ISD
  • Spearman ISD - (806) 659-2565
Stratford ISD
  • Stratford Elementary - (806) 366-3340
Wellington ISD
  • Wellington Elementary - (806) 447-2353
 

Early Head Start Classroom Sites

Located in the following 7 counties:  Deaf Smith, Gray, Hall, Hutchinson, Potter, Randall and Swisher.

Home-Based classes are also active and available.
 
Amarillo
  • Amarillo College Medi-Park Hagy Center - (806) 379-2704
  • Cleveland Street Center - (806) 677-5401
  • Gratitude House – DWC (806) 324-3221
  • Little Nest - (806) 373-0974
  • Night & Day Care & Play - (806) 352-2186
  • Opportunity School - (806) 381-0551
  • Pleasant Valley Discovery School - (806) 383-2200
  • Home-Based - (806) 677-5360
  • Prenatal Program - (806) 677-5360
Borger 
  • Babyland - (806) 274-5306
  • Buttercup House, Inc. - (806) 274-4996
Hereford
  • Home-Based - (806) 363-7680
Memphis
  • Little Cyclones - (806) 259-5940
Pampa
  • Pampa Community Day Care - (806) 665-0735
  • Prenatal Program - (806) 665-0735
Tulia
  • Tulia CDC - (806) 995-2786

CONTACT HEAD START

Cleveland Street Center - 1601 S Cleveland St, Amarillo, TX 79102
- Office or Attendance
(806) 677-5401

Nelson Street Center - 1023 N Nelson St, Amarillo, TX 79107
- Office or Attendance
(806) 677-5371

Recruiter for Head Start 
(806) 677-5333

Recruiter for Early Head Start 
(806) 677-5360

Leslie Callahan
Director of Direct Services
Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start/Early Head Start
(806) 677-5300 | [email protected]
 
Danee Puga
Assistant Director
Head Start/Early Head Start
(806) 677-5320 | [email protected]

Carrie Jaramillo
Health and Nutrition Coordinator 
Head Start/Early Head Start 
(806) 677-5304 | [email protected]

Amanda Cothrin
Education Coordinator
Head Start/Early Head Start
(806) 677-5420 | [email protected]

Sherri O'Daniel
Disabilities, Mental Wellness, and Home Base, Coordinator
Head Start/Early Head Start 
(806) 677-5364  | [email protected]
 
Amy Duggan
ERSEA and Family Services Coordinator
Head Start/Early Head Start
(806) 677-5475 | [email protected]

JoAnn Rich
Early Childhood Principal, Cleveland and Nelson Center
(806) 677-5400 | jo[email protected]
 

Lee Ann Brasher
Early Childhood Center Director, Nelson Center
(806) 677-5371 | [email protected]

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