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Applications can be emailed to Patricia Charlie at or they can also be dropped off at the bin located in the front of the Pre Head Start Office. Due to social distancing, DEC is taking necessary measures to ensure that no applications are left unattended. 

Reminder, Head Start slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Applications are considered complete when all required documentation is received.

The application file above can be downloaded to a computer, opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader, filled out, saved and then emailed. 
Note: The form cannot be filled out and saved inside of a web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. It will not save.
You MUST open the PDF in an application such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (Download here:
DEC Register Your Child for 2020-2021 School Year

Laguna Department of Education Survey

Per the Executive Order Entity Amendment, it was determined that the Board would re-assess the delivery of the instructional platform and make a determination for the new year.

The questions below were formulated to give the Board the basis to make an informed decision to remain in an “At-Home Learning” platform or shift to a Hybrid model. Questions were also meant to address areas of the LDOE waiver application – assessments and SpEd.


  • Week of November 9, 2020: Messenger announcement: Survey Questions.

  • Week of November 16, 2020: Survey questions posted on the Website for one week.

  • Week of November 16, 2020: Parent/Teacher conferences. Teachers will follow up by asking parents directly: Did you complete the survey? If not, teachers will ask at the beginning of the parent/teacher conference.

  • Week of November 23, 2020: All data will be provided to Board.

  • Monday, November 30, 2020: Special Meeting of the Board to make final determination.

  • Week of December 7, 2020: Board will post the final decision.

Additional questions are being considered to address the At-Home platform and request input for improving services to students and parents. This will be part of several Community Forums that will be hosted prior to students returning in January. Tentative date: December 7 and 8.


Preregistration is required. To register, please click on the link below the date and time for the event.

Parents Reaching Out offers a variety of workshops to meet the needs of families and providers across the state. If you have questions, need additional information, accommodations or Spanish language interpretation please contact our office at 1-800-524-5176 or 505-247-0192.

All workshops are provided at no cost to families and held by Zoom. Learn about resources for your child. Connect with other families. All families are welcome!

Preregistration is required for the Zoom Meetings below:

NM Medicaid Waivers
Thursday, 11/12 • 10:00-11:00 am
Learn about the types of waivers that exist in New Mexico and the differences among them, who qualifies for waivers, the process for applying for a waiver and about the New - Supports Waiver.

Building Inclusion: A Youth Meeting
Friday, 11/13 • 6:00-8:00 pm
Learn what true inclusion is, its impact on those around you, how to use inclusive language, and ways to create inclusion in your community and workplace.

Early Literacy
Monday, 11/16 • 0:00-11:30 am
Find out about the development of language and literacy skills, identify literacy opportunities that reflect your family’s strengths, learn how to give your child an early start in reading and discover how to use daily routines to develop literacy.

Essential Components of the IEP - Distance Learning
Wednesday, 11/18 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This workshop focuses on the special education and evaluation process during distance learning. Learn about each component of the IEP, learn about the family role on the IEP team, communication strategies, and how you can best advocate for your child.

Making Connections Virtual Support Group
Wednesday, 11/18 • 1:00-2:30 pm
Share your experiences parenting your child or grandchild with disabilities and connect with other parents. This month’s focus will be on preventing and dealing with holiday stress.

Time Management
Monday, 11/30 • 10:00 -11:30 am
Learn to assess your time effectively, develop an action plan to help you prioritize your daily activities, Identify the right steps on how to say “NO” to things you are unable to do at the moment.

2501 Yale Blvd. SE Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87106

DEC Learning Material, Diaper, and Formula Distribution Dates
by Classrooms at Preschool Head Start site.





9 & 23


6 & 20


4 &18

8:30 AM

Seama, Paraje, Encinal Classrooms

Seama, Paraje, Encinal Classrooms

Seama, Paraje, Encinal Classrooms

Seama, Paraje, Encinal Classrooms

9:00 AM

Paguate, Laguna, Mesita Classrooms

Paguate, Laguna, Mesita Classrooms

Paguate, Laguna, Mesita Classrooms

Paguate, Laguna, Mesita Classrooms

9:30 AM

Village, Casa Blanca, Turquoise Springs Classrooms

Village, Casa Blanca, Turquoise Springs Classrooms

Village, Casa Blanca, Turquoise Springs Classrooms

Village, Casa Blanca, Turquoise Springs Classrooms

10:00 AM

New York, Chinatown, Sunnyside, Home Base Classrooms

New York, Chinatown, Sunnyside, Home Base Classrooms

New York, Chinatown, Sunnyside, Home Base Classrooms

New York, Chinatown, Sunnyside, Home Base Classrooms

Virtual Cooking Class

August 7, 2020

Dear Parents:

At a Special Board Meeting held on August 6, 2020, the Laguna Department of Education School Board voted to implement the Learn-At-Home model for students from September 8 – December 23, 2020.  This means that students will not be on campus for the first half of the school year and will do all their learning from home.

As a reminder, students must be enrolled in DEC in order to access the services that we provide.  This includes meals, formula, diapers, education materials, instructional services and supports to children and families as required by the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care.  Registration packets are available online ( or at Pre Head Start.

Please be aware that staff at DEC are hard at work planning instruction and ways to support our children and families during this Learn-At-Home time.  Below is some information specific to the DEC Learn-At-Home Model.

  • Week of August 17: Family Service Providers will be conducting their initial family visits and will be reviewing the terms of condition for use of Hatch Tablets. They will also provide a schedule for curbside check out of Hatch Tablets. During the conversation with parents, staff will reassess if families have access to the internet and can participate in online learning.
  • Week of August 24, DEC instructional staff will be conducting Home Visits. Staff will review the learning expectations with parents.  Staff will also provide a calendar for curbside pickup of instructional materials for the following week’s learning activities. Teachers will also be providing a calendar with days and times that children can participate in virtual classroom experiences.  Those experiences will include Social/Emotional, Reading, Math, Culture and Language, specific Kinder Readiness, etc.
  • Week of August 31(tentative), students (age appropriate) and parents will be taught how to utilize the technology.
  • September 2: DEC Parent Orientation, at this time the Handbook for Learn-At-Home will be reviewed with families.
  • September 8: Learn-At-Home activities will begin.

Reminder, all contact with families will be conducted virtual or by phone.  The only exception will be curbside pick-ups and families will be asked to wear masks and remain in their vehicles.

We will continue to assess our program and make changes necessary that would improve our services.

Instructional Staff will conduct weekly instructional checks. At this time parents can communicate celebrations, needs for additional supports, etc.

Family Service Providers will conduct welfare checks. These checks will consist of ensuring children have all the resources necessary to transition to a positive Learn-At-Home experience.

Social Worker services will be available to families who wish to receive mental health resources and supports in areas such as, stress, anxiety, etc. Participation is voluntary.

We want to stress the importance of helping your child to re-engage in the school experience and to learn how to engage in school from home.  Here are some tips to help your child(ren):

  • Create a Workspace
  • Help your child Be Ready!
  • Follow a Schedule
  • Ask for Help

Our goal is to keep parents informed.  Please help us by making sure that DEC has your most recent contact information.  As information becomes available, we will communicate this information via School Messenger, our website (, the marquee, and Facebook.  Parents are also encouraged to call DEC or the LDoE Main Office with any questions.

  • EHS & PHS: 505-552-6544
  • Main Office:  505-552-6008

Don’t forget to register your child!  Students must be registered to receive educational services.  Registration packets can be accessed online ( or by calling Patricia Charlie at 505-235-9286.


Patricia Sandoval
Elizabeth Lucero
DEC Director

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