“Starting Out Strong” is the voluntary Pre-K Grant Program funded by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The program addresses the total developmental needs of 4 year old children including physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs, and includes health, nutrition, safety, and multicultural sensitivity.
The program’s 3 classrooms are housed at Booker T. Washington Elementary. Each classroom has a certified teacher and educational assistant.
According to State Pre-K guidelines, students qualifying to attend the program must live in the Edison, Taylor, Southern Heights, or Will Rogers Elementary district. Registration is held during Kindergarten Roundup each year. Students must be 4 years old by September 1st. Parents must provide birth certificate, shot record, and proof of address at registration. Transportation is not provided. For more information contact: 433-0100.
The Learning Center
The Jenkins-Nunan Learning Center is part of the Hobbs Municipal School district and is a special education program designed to help preschool children who have developmental disabilities or delays before they reach kindergarten school age. Your child must be identified as having a disability in one or more of the following areas of development: visual impairment, hearing impairment, orthopedic or motor impairment, speech/language impairment, cognitively disabled, autism/pervasive development disorder or emotional/behavioral disturbance. Children who meet criteria may participate in a developmentally appropriate preschool and/or therapy programs depending on individual need. These children learn new developmental skills in the areas of motor, language, social/emotional, and self help skills. The parents, whose children are enrolled in this program, continue to learn how to access services for their children, understand child development and their child’s disability. If you have a concern about your child’s development please contact The Jenkins- Nunan Learning Center to begin the referral process. An appointment will be scheduled with you to obtain your child’s birth, medical and developmental history and written consent to screen. During this appointment, if needed, ‘next steps’ will be discussed with you.
The Peer Role Model Program, also housed at The Jenkins-Nunan Learning Center, was instituted in order to provide our developmentally delayed preschoolers with the opportunity to interact with and learn from typically developing peers. The children enrolled as role models benefit from our exceptional teaching staff. We not only have highly qualified teachers and therapists who are specifically trained in the areas of special education and/or early childhood education, we also have dedicated and skilled educational assistants who enhance each child’s educational experience at the Learning Center. In order to qualify for the Peer Role Model Program qualifications must be met and a contract regarding policies explained. If you are interested in enrolling your preschooler in a morning or afternoon session please contact Jenkins-Nunan Learning Center to make an appointment for an interview.