YDI Early Head Start provides services for 144 infants and toddlers, and 8 pregnant mothers in center-based and home-based programs.
The program serves infants and toddlers from 6 weeks to 3 years old.
YDI operates Early Head Start in three New Mexico counties. The YDI Early Head Start program in Bernalillo County serve infants/toddlers in home-based programs, and center-based (full day, full year program); the Early Head Start program in Rio Arriba County provides home-based services to infants and toddlers; and the Early Head Start program in Taos County provides both center-based and home-based programs for infants and toddlers. Pregnant women receive prenatal supportive services in a home based program in Bernalillo County.
The Early Head Start Centers focus on high quality early education and care. Such care maximizes each child’s development in the physical, emotional, cognitive, language and motor domains. Children’s growth and development is documented throughout their enrollment with the use of the Early Learning Accomplishment Profile (ELAP) Assessment tool, which captures learning, documents observation, and assists teachers in planning an individualized curriculum. Evaluation, diagnosis, and special services, along with a nurturing inclusive classroom environment is provided for children with diagnosed disabilities.
Quality education and care begins with the creation of a positive learning environment which is welcoming, warm, friendly, and safe. Key to the environment are nurturing, caring, and highly trained staff members. Each child is assigned a primary teacher and caregiver with a 1:4 teacher/child ratio. Daily activities are responsive to the child’s cues of his/her needs while promoting healthy development along with the supporting and fostering of strong bonds and attachments between the child and those who love and care for them.
Early Head Start assists parents to be involved in all aspects of their child’s life. Physical health is promoted by encouraging parents to keep all doctor appointments. Annual physical and dental exams are part of the program. In addition, parents receive training on parenting and form partnerships with staff to help them achieve family self-sufficiency goals.
For more information, please call our administrative office at 505-212-7239.