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Head Start Application

By working closely with children as well as their parents and educators, Head Start seeks to encourage the growth and development of today’s youth by offering guidance, education, and support in the areas mentioned below.

Early Learning

Head Start’s early learning efforts help children with or without special needs find their place in academic environments. In addition to introducing fundamental skills relating to language, math and literacy, among other areas, early learning efforts seek to help children develop their life skills through instruction and interactive play. Children grow in many aspects of development with a strong emphasis on social emotional growth.


Head Start programs seek to ensure that all participants have access to the medical, dental and health services they need to succeed, function and thrive. All program participants enjoy access to health and development screenings, nutritious meals and snacks, and oral and mental health support.

Family Well-Being

Parents involved in Head Start programs are more likely to maintain stimulating home environments and play an active role in their child’s development. Parents and families are supported in achieving their goals, such as housing stability, continued education and financial security.

Who Is Eligible for Head Start?

Your child must be between the ages of 3 to 5. In general, eligibility is based on family income. We do have a limited number of over-income slots available. Complete the Head Start application. A Family Services Coordinator will review your completed application packet to determine eligibility. If eligible, a meeting and site tour will be arranged.

PMS Head Start centers are located in the following areas of New Mexico:

  • San Juan County: Farmington, Aztec, Bloomfield, Kirtland
  • Santa Fe County: Santa Fe, Arroyo Seco, Nambe
  • Sandoval County: Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Cuba
  • Torrance County: Moriarty, Estancia, Mountainair