SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) offers an exciting opportunity for parents, grandparents, and community members at large to get involved at the River Road and Gladstone Head Start centers. Do you have one-hour-once a week that you could volunteer? SMART might be a great fit for you. Spend one-hour-once a week reading with children. Help support children in their reading efforts, provide encouragement, provide understanding, and have some fun!
Visit “SMART” today to learn more!
Do you want to give back to the community? Do you want to share your skills and expertise with others? Are you passionate about helping children succeed? Clackamas County Children’s Commission has a volunteer position for you! Join us by reading to a child, nurturing our community garden, or putting your organizational skills to the test! We have many classroom, nutrition program, and facilities/maintenance opportunities – contact us today for more information! Se habla Español!
Board of Directors
Members of the Board are driven by their desire to make a big difference in the lives of low-income children and families in their community. They help the Head Start and Early Head Start organization set and achieve goals for children’s healthy development and school readiness, families’ economic well-being, and community empowerment.
I remember the exact moment my life changed forever. I was 8 months pregnant and fighting for mine and my son’s lives. After coming home, my two sons and I were homeless, traumatized, and scared. I knew I needed to build us up stronger than ever, but I found I was lacking the skills necessary to create the stability needed. I enrolled my sons in Head Start, and it marked a turning point in our lives. I felt safe with the wonderfully kind-hearted people at Head Start, and they encouraged me to get involved. I started taking parenting classes, getting involved in social functions, low income cooking classes, and policy council. Now I have a bilingual kindergartner who is doing multiplication and a rambunctious 4 year old, still with his same teacher. I am the chair of our Policy Council, and hoping to implement a parent mentorship program soon. The biggest surprise in all that I’ve learned is how to take my own power back as a woman and as a mother. We aren’t exactly where we need to be yet, but we have all the tools to get there. Head Start not only works – it saves lives.