Head Start Programs New Mexico Head Start Youth Development, Inc.

Youth Development, Inc., a Head Start Program of Albuquerque, NM

901 Pennsylvania Street NE
Albuquerque NM 87110-7403
Contact Phone
(505) 212-7239
Now in its sixteenth year of operation, YDI Early/Head Start experienced dramatic growth since it became the interim Head Start grantee in Bernalillo County in 1995, mirroring the growth of the Early/Head Start Program across the country since President Johnson declared “War on Poverty” in 1964. Sargent Shriver was named head of the War on Poverty program and in December 1964 he asked Dr. Robert Cooke, pediatrician at John Hopkins University, to head a steering committee of specialists in all fields to discuss what should be done for young children.
Who is Eligible?

Children who are 3 to 5 years old are eligible for Head Start services. Pregnant women and children from birth to 3 years of age are eligible for Early Head Start services. Children and families who are homeless, in foster care, or receive TANF or SSI are also eligible for services. Eligibility is determined by Head Start program staff and some families may be eligible for services if they are determined to be at or below the federal poverty level. Some grantees enroll a percentage of children from families with incomes above the Poverty Guidelines as well.

Families are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
HOW TO APPLY You are eligible for Head Start if your child(ren) are between 3 and 5 years old and you meet the federal income guidelines. The third birthday has to occur before September 1 of the school year for which you are applying. Your child is eligible for Early Head Start at six months of age and will be able to transition into Head Start when he/she turns 3. If you are pregnant you are welcome to apply to the pregnant moms program. To make an appointment with a services specialist for application, call the Head Start administrative office and you will be referred to the center nearest to you. IN BERNALILLO COUNTY CALL: 505-212-7239 IN TAOS OR RIO ARRIBA COUNTY CALL: 1-877-228-0068 You will be asked to bring the following: Proof of income for the past 12 months Proof of Birth (Birth Certificate) Up-to-date Immunization Record
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