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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

  • 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. 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 also accepts over-income students with disabilities based on Head Start and school district criteria.

     

    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 also accepts over-income students with disabilities based on Early Childhood Intervention and school district criteria.

  • 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)
OUR MISSION
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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For Head Start calendars outside of Amarillo, contact your local ISD.

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    
    • Nelson Street Center - (806) 677-5371 
    • Opportunity School - Grand - (806) 381-0551
    • San Jacinto Elementary - (806) 326-5200
    • Home-Based - (806) 677-5333

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
    • Prenatal Program - (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
 
Danee Puga
Assistant Director
Head Start/Early Head Start

(806) 677-5320 | Email

Carrie Jaramillo
Coordinator, Support Services, Head Start
(806) 677-5304 | Email

Amanda Cothrin
Education Coordinator, Head Start/Early Head Start
(806) 677-5420 Email

Sherri O'Daniel
Coordinator, Family Services/Disabilities
(806) 677-5364   | Email

Kelly Kenedy

Coordinator, Quality Assurance
(806) 677-5307 | Email


JoAnn Rich
Early Childhood Principal, Cleveland and Nelson Center
(806) 677-5400 |  Email

Lee Ann Brasher
Early Childhood Center Director, Nelson Center
(806) 677-5371  | Email

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