PNT Staff Report
Early registrations for kindergarten as well as an expanded state health care coverage plan for children will begin Monday at Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales.
The enrollment fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the school, located at 520 W. Fifth St.
Screening of the student as well as completion of a registration packet will be accomplished at the fair.
Items parents need to provide for kindergarten registration are:
• Up-to-date shot records
• Birth certificate
• Social Security card (if available)
The New Mexico Human Services Department is partnering with the local school to enroll children in a health care coverage plan that is either no-cost or low-cost to New Mexico parents. Health care enrollments are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.
“With the expansion of New Mexikids and the Premium Assistance for Kids (PAK) program, there is no reason a child in New Mexico up to age 12 should be without health care coverage,” HSD Secretary Pamela Hyde said. “There is a plan for every child and depending on the income of the family, the cost is either low or no cost at all.”
To enroll a child for health care, parents should bring:
• Proof of child’s identity and citizenship
• Child’s Social Security number
• Child’s original birth certificate
• Proof of family’s past four weeks of income
• Proof of other health insurance
Children in families with incomes up to 235 percent of the Federal Poverty Level will likely qualify for a New Mexikids program. Children in families above that level will qualify for PAK.
Information: (866) 901-4538 or (888) 997-2583.