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Head Start

YDI Early/Head Start has 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.

Designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, educational, and physical needs, Head Start was launched, serving over 560,000 children and families across American in an eight-week summer program. By 1984 Head Start had served 9,144,990 children and their families. In 1972 the Economic Opportunity Act was amended, mandating that at least 10 percent of the national enrollment of Head Start consist of handicapped children. In September 1995 the first Early Head Start grants were awarded to provide services for children birth to age three and pregnant women.

In 1996 YDI became the permanent grantee for Head Start in Bernalillo County. At that time the Head Start program in Bernalillo County had 8 centers. Today YDI’s Head Start program operates 32 NAEYC accredited centers in three counties with a total funded enrollment of 1,532 children.

In 1998 YDI became the interim grantee for the Head Start program in Rio Arriba and Taos Counties and became the permanent grantee the following year. Today, YDI provides Head Start services to 1,370 children in Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties.  Since 1998 YDI has also begun offering Early Head Start services to 32 infants/toddlers and their families and 8 pregnant moms in Bernalillo County. Today YDI Early Head Start has expanded to serving 144 infants/toddlers and 8 pregnant moms in Bernalillo County and 16 infants/toddlers and their families in Taos County.


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.


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

Additional Addresses:


Heights Head Start
2520 Virginia NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: 505-212-7318
Alameda Head Start
9800 4th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Phone: 505-792-1284

Centro de Amor Head Start
309 Stover SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-212-7267
Mel Aragon Head Start
5317 2nd St. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone: 505-877-2750
Reginald Chaves Head Start
2700 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone: 505-244-0330

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
9169 Coors Blvd. SW SW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Phone: 505-922-6524
La Mariposa Head Start
801 Mountain Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-212-7301
Job Corps Head Start
1500 Indian School Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone: 505-346-2726

Embudo Head Start
8000 Mountain Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: 505-212-7335
Chico & General Bradley 
150 General Bradley NE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Phone: 505-299-3262
Kirtland Head Start
3530 Gibson SE
Albuquerque, NM 87118
Phone: 505-255-2085
Mesa Verde Head Start
7900 Marquette NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-232-0086

Highland Head Start
4700 Coal SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-255-4568

Pedro Baca Head Start
1700 Centro Familiar SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone: 505-212-7284
Los Padillas Head Start
2525 Los Padillas Rd SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone: 505-873-3841
Mary Ann Binford
1400 Corriz SW
Albuquerque, NM 87121
Phone: 505-836-0276
Rio Grande Head Start
2300 Arenal Rd SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone: 505-877-0157

La Promesa
5201 Central Ave. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone: 505-268-3274 
South Valley Head Start
5816 Isleta Blvd. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone: 505-873-0905


Abiquiu Head Start
Hwy 84 P.O. Box 755
Abiquiu, NM 87510
Phone: 575-685-4084
Espanola Head Start
340 N. Railroad Ave
Espanola, NM 87532
Phone: 505-747-1756
Hernandez Head Start
Hwy 84 
Hernandez, NM 87537
Phone: 575-747-2439

Sonrisa De Chimayo
St Rd 76 CR 93 #31A 
Chimayo, NM 
Phone: 505-351-4142

Velarde Head Start
Elem Campus Hwy 68 
Velarde, NM 87582
Phone: 505-852-1300


Llano Quemado Head Start
St Rd. 382 Bldg. #68 
Rancho de Taos, NM 87557
Phone: 575-758-3425
Questa Head Start
148 Embargo Rd 
Questa, NM 87556
Phone: 575-586-0585
San Cristobal Head Start
Camino del Medio Bldg#25 
San Cristobal, NM 87564
Phone: 575-766-8656
Vadito Head Start
5 Picuris Rd. N/A
Vadito, NM 87579
Phone: 575-587-2337

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Debra Baca
Debra Baca - M.A.
Early Childhood Education & Family Development

Has a M.A. in Business Administration and over 30 years of direct services and senior management experience in non-profit organizations. Oversees and administers $16 million annually. She provides leadership and supervision for 350 staff members, whose primary focus is to implement high quality education for young children and self sufficiency for families.

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