Head Start Program

Child Development Services

200 Burshears
La Junta, CO 81050

(719) 384-3100

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Head Start Program

Child Development Services

Otero Junior College Child Development Services serves the counties of Otero, Crowley, Bent, and Prowers. Head Start is a preschool program for children 3 to 5 years of age whose families qualify based on federal poverty income guidelines. Centers are located in the following communities: La Junta, Lamar, Las Animas, and Rocky Ford. This program operates on a school year calendar.

What is Head Start?

Head Start is a national 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 children and families. The program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.

Is My Child Eligible for Head Start?      

How does Head Start Work?
Head Start

Head Start's approach to child development and education is comprehensive, including the child, family, and community. In addition to designing programs that are specialized to meet each child and family's unique developmental, ethnic, cultural and linguistic needs and background, we also give parents the tools to bring these programs into their homes. We foster parents to become their children's primary educators, nurturers and advocates. We also help parents to identify and meet their own goals, in order to enhance the quality of life for their entire family. Head Start also understands that families exist within the larger context of their communities, and we have established many community partnerships that provide our children and families with the comprehensive services they need to succeed.

The specific goals of Head Start include the following:

  • to provide high quality, comprehensive early childhood education programs for children from three years through school age

  • to provide parent education programs that strengthen the family, develop basic literacy, encourage job training and personal development

  • and to develop community partnership and coordination of community-based services.
For more information about enrolling your child in the Head Start program contact:
Child Development Services