Head Start

Head Start is available for children from 3 to 5 years old!

What is Head Start?

Our program is 100% free, and designed to:

  • Help families find resources in the community!
  • Help parents gain positive parenting skills!
  • Help children get ready for school!

With many locations throughout Clackamas County, we offer a combination of preschool and home visiting experiences:

  • Preschool – 3.5 hour class days, 4 days a week (Monday – Thursday)
    • Offered September through May
    • AM & PM sessions available
    • 3 highly qualified teachers for 20 children in every classroom
    • Teachers provide two home visits and two parent-teacher conferences per year
    • Family Advocates provide two home visits per year

Building strong relationships with children and families is at the heart of our mission. Through these relationships, our highly trained teachers support children in developing many important skills through play and instruction. Our curriculum focuses on preparing children for kindergarten, with a strong emphasis on math, literacy, and language, as well as physical and social emotional growth. We individualize our activities, interactions, and goals to meet every child’s unique needs.

Meal time is an extension of the curriculum and we enjoy two meals together each day in a family style setting. We support children in serving themselves as we encourage them to try new foods, discuss the importance of good nutrition, and engage in child-led conversations. We also brush our teeth together after each meal, and enjoy physical exercise on our playground every day to promote health and wellbeing.

Our program embraces positive discipline techniques, meaning we support children in communicating and problem-solving to develop solutions to their challenges, instead of “punishing bad behavior.” We work to develop skill sets that enable children to express their emotions, share their opinions, and get their needs met in safe and healthy ways. Our goal is to develop little community members, ready to become part of a kindergarten classroom.

Our highly trained staff provide quality screenings for hearing, vision, growth, and social emotional development, and support families with follow-up when needed. During home visits and conferences, we partner with parents to create individual child goals, as well as to set goals for the family, such as continuing education, buying a home, getting a driver’s license, and more!

We value every parent as the child’s first teacher, and work hard to provide information and resources to meet the needs of the children and families that we serve!

Who is eligible?
Our program is offered to children ages 3 to 5 years old (must be 3 by September 1st ).
We will request 12 months of income or proof of one of the following:

  • Social Security Disability (any immediate family member)
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • Certified Foster Care for the applying child
  • Living with relatives or friends because family cannot afford to live on their own
  • Living in transitional or shelter housing
  • Living in/out of a car, RV, or park
  • Living in a motel or hotel room

To Apply:
Please call our main office at 503-675-4565 and speak with an Enrollment Specialist today!

View the 2015 Oregon Head Start Fact Sheet to learn more!

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1)      mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

                 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

                 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

                 Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2)      fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3)      email: program.intake@usda.gov