We are committed to building a foundation of success for ALL children and youth by nurturing their potential and promoting family self-sufficiency in an environment of mutual respect and dignity.
VISION: Building Foundations of Success
- Children First
- Promoting Social/Emotional and School Readiness in Young Children
- Empowering Parents
- Valuing and Encouraging Parents as 1st Teachers and Advocates
- Cultural Diversity
- Understanding and Responsive to the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity of Families,
- Staff and Communities
- Collaborative Partnerships
- Working and Networking with Others towards Shared Outcomes
- Professional Integrity
- Setting High Standards and Holding Ourselves Accountable
About the Office of Learning & Academic Opportunity
Since 1970, OLAO has provided Services to approximately 29,700 children and families. Currently, OLAO serves more than 600 children from birth to eight years old, at fifteen centers throughout Hidalgo, Luna, Dona Ana, Otero and Sierra counties. Key services provided include Head Start, Early Head Start, State Pre-K, and a fee-for- service childcare program.
Comprehensive child development and family services are provided through the Head Start Program which is currently funded for 334 children and the Early Head Start Program for 80 expectant mothers, infants and toddlers. The program also receives funding from the Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) New Mexico State Pre-K, the State Funded Child Care Assistance Bureau, and Private Pay funds.
Parents and family members are encouraged and given opportunities to build their leadership skills in order to become strong advocates for their children and families. It is the belief of the program that parents are their child’s first teachers.
The program has an established Head Start Policy Council that maintains the concepts of the program in promoting quality of life for families and their children in the pursuit of better health, education, welfare, dignity and self-sufficiency. The Policy Council is comprised of current Head Start and Early Head Start parents, as well as community representatives. OLAO also embraces the Parent Advocacy Leadership (P.A.L.) Program which is an effort of collaboration, relationship-building, leadership development and advocacy education. Parents are provided the opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills to make their voices be heard in order to impact change within their communities, families and self.