Enrollment ESC Region 19 Head Start and Early Head Start Now Enrolling Children ~ Area Head Start Program Offers free Early Childhood Development and Education Services for Low-Income Families~ ESC Region 19 Head Start is currently enrolling children and families into the program. Children are eligible to participate in the Head Start and Early Head Start program by meeting federal income guidelines and eligibility requirements. Region 19 Head Start serves 3,850 preschool children and 213 infants and toddlers throughout 31 centers. Families with children under the age of five, including expectant parents who live in El Paso and Hudspeth counties, may be eligible for enrollment. ESC Region 19 Head Start is a high-quality; comprehensive early childhood development and education program including pre-kindergarten services designed to increase the school readiness of children as well as their preparedness for the future. The program also offers a range of free services designed t (915) 790-4702
Head Start programs support children as cited on the Office of the Administration for Children and Families website (https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/about):
Early learning: Children's readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development
Health: Each child's perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children's learning and development.