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Aliza F. Oliveros, Head Start Director
Luz Munoz, Assistant Director
Location: 5904 West Drive Units 6 & 7.
Phone Number: 795-1515
Days/Hour of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:00  – 5:00
Parents are encouraged to visit the Main Office to inform themselves of all aspects of the Head Start program, to meet the Administrative Staff, and/or to voice any concerns.

Parent Engagement
This content area is headed by Linda M Payle, Parent Engagement Coordinator. Her office is located at 2802 McDonell, phone number (956)722-6571. This Coordinator and her assistant is responsible for:
  1. Parent Volunteers - in classrooms and committees
  2. Center Committee - parents meetings in centers
  3. Policy Council - A committee responsible in many areas for the planning and the operations of the program
  4. Parent Guidance - At all levels
  5. In-Kind - Forms for donated services
  6. Parent Trainings - According to parents needs assessment

Family Community Engagement
All Parents/Guardians are invited to engage in activities to work in partnership with Teachers, Family Services Workers and Area Service Managers to enhance “child’s experiences” in our program.

    There are many ways to be involved:
    • Classroom volunteering
    • Participating in child’s developmental assessments
    • Share observations of your child’s growth
    • Select child’s individual developmental goals
    • Provide input on activities in the classroom
    • Share our culture and transitions
    • Learn about resources in your community
    • Home visits for educational purposes and Family Assessments
    • Family maps – family assessment/family goal setting
    • Parent training
    • Fatherhood involvement activities
    • Local parent committees
    • Policy Council Committee
    • Advisory committees
    • Participating in local community events

Criteria for enrollment information is needed
    Head Start Program applications are accepted for children who will be three years of age on or before September 1st for the kindergarten enrollment age.

    Head Start/Early Head Start offers no-cost services to families who meet federal low-income guidelines. Families who receive public assistance, homeless, foster care or other benefits may also be eligible. Families with income above federal low-income guidelines are also encouraged to apply for Head Start.

    Head Start gives priority to families based on the age of child and household income. Every effort will be made to ensure children who have a certifiable disability is enrolled in order to meet the mandated 10% disability requirement.
    For Early Head Start and Child Care Partnership program parent/guardian must:
    • Be working
    • Going to school
    • Attending a job training
    • Receiving CCS services for Child Care Partnership program

    Early Head Start provides services for pregnant women, babies, and toddlers up to three years old. Child Care Partnership services babies, and toddlers up to three years old.

    The following information is needed at the time of appointment:
    • Proof of participants date of birth (birth certificate, immunization card, hospital documentation)
    • Proof of Income (Four (4) pay stubs, 1040, W2, Declaration Letters, Self-Employment Letters, Self-Declaration Letter)
    • Utility bill (proof of residency)
    • Recent Physical / Dental / Immunization / Hemoglobin / Lead for participant
    • Proof of Public Assistance (TANF/Supplemental Security Income SSI)
    Head Start and Early Head Start Enrollment Slots

    1,218 – Head Start

    72 - Early Head Start
    • 40 – Center Base Early Head Start
    • 24 – Home Base Services
    • 8 - Pregnant Women

    72 - Child Care Partnership

This Content Area is headed by Lucy Trejo, MSED Education Director, and 5 Education Coordinator Assistants, Bachelor of Science –Interdisciplinary Studies, BSIS. Their office is located at 2400 S. Jarvis and the phone number is (956) 723-3053 and (956) 726.0640. The program implements the Creative Curriculum, and Frog Street Curriculum. The Curricula is research-based and bilingual. In addition, the curricula aligns with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and with the Texas Pre-K Guidelines. Children participate in two daily lessons, one taught in English and another in Spanish. All the Head Start teachers have obtained an associate degree in Early Childhood Education or a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education. The program has more than 75 percent of teachers who have met the federal mandate to obtain a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education by 2013. All the Head Start Centers are licensed by the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Child Care Licensing, to ensure required minimum standards.

This content area is headed by Leticia Mendoza, Nutrition Coordinator and one assistant. Her office is located at 4704 Naranjo, phone (956) 722-6871. The meals that are provided to the children are appropriate amounts and nutrients for ages 1-5.

Mealtimes are as follows:
Breakfast: 8:45 a.m.  Lunch: at 11:45 at all centers P.M. Snack at 1:45 at all centers
Heights pm snack at 1:25 to 1:40 1:41 to 1:57
JC Martin Breakfast 7:45 Lunch 10:45 pm snack 1:30
P.M. Snack at 2:15 for 11 month program & EHS 2nd p.M. Snack at 4:15 P.M
Children will be taught the correct portions for their age. Some appetities vary; children will learn to serve themselves the correct portion to prevent waste or overeating.

Special diets are provided to children upon a doctor's recommendation for this special need. Counseling is also available for children who are underweight or overweight.

Specialized Services
These content areas are headed by Ana Maria Huerta, Specialized Service Director and is assisted by Lucila Ruiz, Specialized Service Coordinator, and 8 assistants.
There office is located at 2802 McDonell, phone number is (956)722-6571

A) Health
During the year your child may receive the following medical and dental services:

1. Physical exam – Annual
2. Heights and Weights – twice a year
3. Vision and Hearing - Annual
4. Blood test ( iron) – Annual
5. Lead exam – one result, no matter the date
6. Blood Pressure – Annual
7. Medical or Dental Treatments
8. Developmental Screenings

Staff is available to discuss any concerns you might have regarding your child's medical or dental needs.

B.) Mental Health
During the program year two classroom observations are done by a mental health consultant. The purpose of these observations is to observe the children's participation and behavior. Recommendations are given to the teachers and the parents to assist in any concerns.

Other services include:
Psychological or Psychiatric evaluation
Family Counseling Group Therapy and Discussions Parenting skill development


The Head Start program also serves children with special needs. We work very close with the school districts and agencies providing special services. Professional, staff and parents work together to decide what is best for the child. Both the child and the family will be transitioned to the public school or an agency when the child leaves Head Start.

Mission Statement
To promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children through the provision of health, education, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined to be necessary.
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