The Head Start program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families. It is a comprehensive child development program which serves children from three to five years old. The overall goal is to increase the social competence of young children. Social competence takes into account the interrelation of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
West Texas Opportunities, Inc. has operated a Head Start center in Lamesa since 1966 and in Stanton and McCamey since 1974. Head Start Centers were opened in Seminole, Seagraves, Andrews and Rankin in September of 1991 and in Crane and Garden City in January of 1994. The Lamesa, Seagraves, Seminole and Rankin programs are co-operated with the public schools.
All programs began serving 4-year-old children, and most have received funding to add 3-year old classrooms. During 2004 one classroom was moved from Seagraves to Lamesa in order to meet funding requirements.