The young students enrolled in our Head Start programs are currently exploring the fascinating lifecycle of butterflies. In a classroom led by Ms. Cristy and Ms. Marisol at Lamar Head Start, a child proudly displays the cocoons that the caterpillars have spun around themselves as they prepare to undergo their metamorphosis. The kids are enthusiastically sharing their knowledge about these beautiful insects, proving just how much they're benefiting from this unique learning opportunity. If you know a child attending one of these schools, don't hesitate to ask them about their caterpillars and butterflies - they'll be overjoyed to share their wealth of knowledge with you! It's wonderful to see these young minds expanding and growing, ready to take flight like the butterflies they've been studying.
21 days ago, Candice Miell
In Rocky Ford, the young students of Ms. Kim's class have been exploring the world of flowers! As part of their learning, they got to craft their own flowers by cutting out different parts of a flower. The kids even used petals with letters to spell out their names, making for a fun and engaging activity that helps stimulate their growing minds.
28 days ago, Candice Miell
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Spring registration for preschool for the 24/25 school year is happening on Friday at local Otero College CDS Head Start centers. Click through the images to find the center closest to you and the times of registration! La inscripción de primavera para preescolar para el año escolar 24/25 se realizará el viernes en los centros Head Start CDS locales de Otero College. ¡Haz clic en las imágenes para encontrar el centro más cercano a ti y los horarios de inscripción!
about 2 months ago, Candice Miell
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Our team had a lot of fun at the 2nd annual Community Baby Shower hosted by Otero College Child Development Services. Pictured are back row (left to right) Cyndi Martinez, Jaclyn Dolin-Wendland, Sophia Salazar, Cecilia Cortez-Watkins, Brittany Phillips. Middle row (left to right) Irene Flood, Vanessa Mateo, Alyssa Hopkins, Tiffany Zuniga. Front row (left to right) Alisha Johnson, Berlinda Pedro, Alexandria Lovato, Alice Gallegos. Not pictured is Cinthia Zubia-Dozal and Lycynthia Ascencio. Great job team!
about 2 months ago, Candice Miell
Check out our seasonal job listings for Manzanola and Boone @
about 2 months ago, Candice Miell
Otero College Child Development Services spring registration for preschool and Universal Preschool is planned for April 12, 2024. Registration will be held during the following times: La Junta, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Las Animas, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Manzanola, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Rocky Ford, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Lamar, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
about 2 months ago, Candice Miell
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Due to the continued inclement weather, the La Junta CDS center is closed today, Monday, March 25. All other centers are open. Central Office staff will report at their delayed time.
2 months ago, Candice Miell
Buses will have a delayed start today, March 25, but will ensure children get to school by 10 am.
2 months ago, Candice Miell
All Otero College Child Development Services campuses are on a 2-hour delay today, March 25. Staff should report at 9:30 and school will begin at 10. Buses will run in time to get children to school.
2 months ago, Candice Miell
If you're looking for ideas on how to prepare healthy and tasty food for your family, visit
3 months ago, Candice Miell
It's National CACFP Week! Thank you to our amazing nutrition team, including Cooks and Cook Aides, for teaming up with CACFP to bring healthy meals to children in our program!
3 months ago, Candice Miell
2024 CACFP Week
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4 months ago, Candice Miell
Due to dangerously cold temperatures and wind chill factors, Otero College Child Development Services centers in Lamar, Las Animas, La Junta, Rocky Ford, Manzanola and Boone will have delayed starts on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Staff will report by 9 a.m. School will begin at 9:30 a.m. Please stay warm!
4 months ago, Candice Miell
Attention CDS families: Due to bus issues related to the cold weather, Rocky Ford Grand Valley is on a one-hour delay and Manzanola is on a two-hour delay this morning. Buses will run but will be delayed. If you choose to drive your child to the center at the normal time, staff will be available.
4 months ago, Candice Miell
Attention CDS families: Lamar Center will be on a 2-hour delay Tuesday for children and a 1-hour delay for Lamar staff. La Junta, Las Animas, Rocky Ford, Manzanola and Boone centers will resume regular hours. Transportation will run as normal at those centers that provide transportation.
5 months ago, Candice Miell
Quaker recently recalled granola bars and granola cereals. See the list of items recalled here ...
5 months ago, Candice Miell
Visit to learn about our open positions!
6 months ago, Candice Miell
Help wanted
Join us Saturday at the Southern Colorado Farmworkers' Services Coalition Farmworker "Self Care Fair" in Rocky Ford.
7 months ago, Candice Miell
Ag event
Reminder: Otero College Child Development Services Head Start students will have early release at noon on Thursday, October 19 and Thursday, October 26.
7 months ago, Candice Miell
Periodically, staff has the opportunity to participate in wellness activities led by our Wellness team in conjunction with the WELL (Wellbeing of the ECE Workforce in Low-resourced Locations) program. Recently, staff completed mindfulness calendars and submitted them to be entered into a drawing for prizes donated by WELL. Pictured here are winners from the Las Animas Center (left to right) Betsy, Christina and Jamayka.
8 months ago, Candice Miell
Las Animas wellness