Teaching children - Reaching families - Building a foundation for life's successes
Head Start, Early Head Start, and PreK
OUR PROGRAMS Eastern Plains Head Start (EPHS) serves 6 communities throughout Eastern New Mexico. Its administrative offices are located in Tucumcari. EPHS offers Head Start in 6 communities, serving a total of 329 three- and four-year-old children. EPHS offers Early Head Start (EHS) services to a total of 102 children in Clovis, Portales, and Tucumcari. EHS provides services to babies and toddlers from ages six weeks to three years. It also works with expectant mothers. PreK serves 10 children in Santa Rosa. In addition to meeting the needs of children, all 3 programs help the families as well.
As mandated by the Federal Government, Head Start and Early Head Start primarily serve low-income families. Low-income is defined as those who are at or below the current year's poverty guidelines. Nevertheless, up to 10% of those enrolled can be from families who are over-guidelines. Children with documented disabilities are given special consideration. Enrollment is based on the needs of the child and the family. Several factors are taken into consideration.Income guidelines do not apply to PreK enrollment which is available to all four-year-old children.
HOW TO APPLY You may download a copy of the application by clicking here. The application must be printed, completed, and sent to or dropped off at your local center (address below). Because signatures and verifications (age, immunizations, family income) are required, electronic submission is not supported.
To have an application sent to you, you may:
Email email@example.com. Please include your name, your home and mailing addresses, the name of the child or children applying, and your telephone number;
Call the Enrollment Office at 575-461-9807;
Pick one up at your local Eastern Plains Head Start or Early Head Start center at one of the addresses below.
Anton Chico Head Start – Anton Chico School Grounds, Bridge Street (PO Box 100), Anton Chico, NM 87711 – Phone: 575-427-8080 – Classroom hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Clovis Head Start – 901 Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard, Clovis, NM 88101 – Phone: 575-763-6443 – Classroom hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fort Sumner Head Start – 1001 Sumner Boulevard (PO Drawer M), Fort Sumner, NM 88119 – Phone: 575-355-2445 – Classroom hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Portales Head Start – 501 East First Street, Portales, NM 88130 – Phone: 575-356-8712 – Classroom hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa Head Start – 658 South Fifth Street, Santa Rosa, NM 88435 – Phone: 575-472-3196 – Classroom hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tucumcari Head Start – 210 West Center Street (PO Box 1244), Tucumcari, NM 88401 – Phone: 575-461-1914 – Classroom hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Early Head Start
Clovis Early Head Start – 901 Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard, Clovis, NM 88101 – Phone: 575-763-6443 – Classroom hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Portales Early Head Start – 1034 Community Way, Portales, NM 88130 – Phone: 575-356-6038 – Classroom hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tucumcari Early Head Start – 1608 South Rock Island Street (PO Box 1244), Tucumcari, NM 88401 – Phone: 575-461-9807 – Classroom hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa Pre-K –658 South Fifth Street, Santa Rosa, NM 88435 – Phone: 575-472-3196 – Classroom hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.