Head Start/Early Head Start

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Head Start/Early Head Start is a federal program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services to enrolled low-income children and families. In addition, services are also provided to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.

The Region 9 Head Start/Early Head Start program is operated by the Region 9 Education Cooperative and supported by local public schools.

Region 9 Head Start sites are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young children (NAEYC). Staff participates in ongoing professional development and a variety of training opportunities in order to educate and enhance their professional skills and abilities.

If there are any individuals in need of special accommodations, please contact Calla Goeller at (575) 257-5025.

Early Childhood Development

Head Start/Early Head Start's commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. The objective of Child Health and Development Services is to ensure that through collaboration among families, staff, and health professionals, all child health and developmental concerns are identified and children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic health needs.

The objective of Education and Early Childhood Development is to provide all children with a nurturing, engaging, enjoyable, and secure learning environment, in order to help them gain the awareness, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in their present environment and to deal with later responsibilities in school and in life. Each child is treated as an individual in an inclusive community that values, respects, and responds to diversity. The varied experiences provided by the program support the continuum of children's growth and development, which includes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child.

Region 9 Head Start/Early Head Start program uses Creative Curriculum for Preschool, which is based on 38 objectives for development and learning that are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework as well as early learning standards for New Mexico. Creative Curriculum offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction, helping teachers meet the needs of every type of learner. It addresses all the important areas of learning, from social-emotional and math to technology and the arts and incorporates them throughout every part of every day. The curriculum offers daily, built-in opportunities for observation, helping teachers and administrators clearly see the strong relationship between curriculum and assessment. It offers complete support for working with English and dual-language learners, including detailed guidance that helps to build the teachers' knowledge about best practices. In addition, it contains guidance for working with all learners, including advanced learners and children with disabilities. Early Head Start uses the Creative Curriculum for infants and toddlers.

Family and Community Engagement

Head Start/Early Head Start offers parents opportunities and support for growth, so that they can identify their own strengths, needs, and interests and find their own solutions. The objective of Family Engagement is to support parents as they identify and meet their own goals, nurture the development of their children in the context of their family and culture, and advocate for communities that are supportive of children and families of all cultures. The building of trusting, collaborative relationships between parents and staff allows them to share with and to learn from one another.

Head Start/Early Head Start serves families within the context of the community and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. The objective of Community Engagement is to ensure that there is collaboration with partners in the community in order to provide the highest level of services to children and families, to foster the development of a continuum of family-centered services, and to advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures.

Fatherhood Initiative

The Fatherhood Initiative is intended to strengthen the role of fathers in families. Strong families are essential to the future of the nation; both mothers and fathers play an essential role in ensuring the well-being of their children. Changes in the lives of fathers must be supported by the communities in which they live, and communities must know what resources and supports are available to help in this effort. The Region 9 Fatherhood Committee plans a variety of activities throughout the year to enhance father and male involvement in the program.

Services for Children with Disabilities

Region 9 Head Start/Early Head Start provides comprehensive services to children with disabilities. IEP and IFSP services include necessary modifications for curriculum and materials; related services such as speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, psychological counseling, and social work services; and other instructional supports needed for the children to succeed. Region 9 Head Start/Early Head Start collaborates with the local public schools to provide inclusive settings for children with disabilities in a natural environment. A "natural environment" provides the opportunity for interactions among children with disabilities and those without disabilities.

How To Enroll

Come by one of our main offices: R9 Early Head Start at 2710 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345 or R9 Head Start Main Office at 119 W. White Mountain Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345 (located in the Sierra Vista Primary School). The staff will provide interested families with an application and an instruction sheet that lists the documents needed to determine if a family is eligible for the program. To qualify, families must meet certain federal poverty guidelines, live within Lincoln County, and the applying children must be 6 weeks to 2 1/2 years old for Early Head Start, and 3 or 4 years old by September 1 for Head Start. Documents needed to determine eligibility are the child's birth certificate, immunization record, insurance card if applicable, and the 12 months of family income. Or you can apply online (English | Spanish) and bring your documents to one of the main offices.

Our Staff

Calla Goeller
Head Start / EHS Director
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Billie Arguedas
EHS Manager
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Dana Jensen
EHS Family Advocate
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Blanca Guitierrez
Head Start Program Assistant & Family Advocate
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Carolina Hernandez
Quality Assurance & Health Manager
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Jordan Reynolds
Head Start Education and Disabilities Manager
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Sylvia Wilson
Head Start Enrollment Coordinator
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Olivia Farmer
Head Start Family Advocate
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Elisa Vigil
Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Coordinator
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Dayna Wortham
HS Behavioral Specialist
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Brandie Yoxall
HS/EHS Coach & EHS Disabilities Coordinator
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Natasha Ryen
Head Start Nutrition & Transportation Assistant
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