Child Development Services

Child Development Services

200 Burshears
La Junta, CO 81050

(719) 384-3100

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Child Development Services

It is the mission of Otero Junior College Child Development Services Early Head Start, Head Start, and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start:

  • to provide high quality, comprehensive early childhood education programs for children from prenatal 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 partnerships and coordination of community-based services.

Every child and family receives a variety of learning experiences to foster intellectual, social and emotional growth.

Children are Our Greatest Resource
Child Development Services

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. These programs are free and provide for children through age 5 (6 weeks old to age 6 for Migrant and Seasonal Head Start).

Head Start programs are designed for families with limited incomes and typically serve developing children as well as children with special needs. These programs give children and their families a wide range of educational and social services including a variety of activities that help them grow mentally, socially, physically, and emotionally. The children receive free health screenings, and healthy meals and snacks.

Otero Junior College Child Development Services has a dedicated staff of qualified and caring professionals who believe in the "Whole Child" concept and provide a wide range of services. Child Development Services has centers throughout the Arkansas Valley and Southeast Colorado. To find the Head Start center nearest to you [Click Here].

Is My Child Eligible for Head Start?      

Family and Community Partnerships
Family and Community

Head Start programs also help family members with any problems they might have. The program offers parents opportunities to support their own growth, so that they can identify their own strengths, needs and interests. Parents receive parenting classes, social services, and referrals. Family members are encouraged to be a part of their child's education through Family Partnerships that support parents as they identify and meet their own goals, nurture the development of their child 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 Community Partnerships serve families within the context of the community, and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. The objective of Community Partnerships is to ensure that agencies collaborate with partners in their communities, in order to provide the highest level of services to children and families and avoid duplication, to foster the development of family centered services, and to advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures.

Is My Child Eligible for Head Start?