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    Oregon students and families rely on Head Start programs to ensure that our kids arrive in kindergarten ready to learn.

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    Oregon's Future

    Healthy, educated children: the best thing you can do for Oregon right now! and in the future.  (Kathleen J.)
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    The Head Start Program was the kick start I needed in my life. (Robert H.)

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Taxpayer Refunds Keep Preschoolers Safe

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Oregon Head Start Association awards $13,009.44 for Playground Safety Improvements

PRLog - Dec. 15, 2014 - The Oregon Head Start Association is proud to announce the recipients of this years Charitable Checkoff Grants. Oregon taxpayers donated $13,009.44 through their 2013 taxes to the Oregon Head Start Association. Head Start funding guidelines restrict the use of federal funds for facility and playground development. Charitable checkoff donations make these upgrades possible.

Head Start of Yamhill County has been awarded $6,607.52 to make vital safety improvements to their outdoor play areas at the Michael Eichman Center. Safety and security in the outdoor areas became an issue after the Yamhill County Transit Center was placed across the street. Playground inspections occur multiple times daily and have uncovered drug paraphernalia, adult human feces, and the destruction of property. The grant funding will be used to improve the outdoor environment, including installing an unscalable fence.

Umatilla Morrow Head Start has been awarded $6,401.92 for safety improvements in the outdoor environment at their Punkin Center, formerly an alternative high school. Projects include renovating a former skateboard bath into a bike path developmentally appropriate for preschool children, installing a fence to insure children do not enter the septic drain field, and installing a sunshade.

Applying for Head Start, Early Head Start, or OPK Services

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The Oregon Head Start Association does not directly provide early childhood education services, however our member programs do. If you are not sure which program is in your area, please use the Head Start Locator. A directory of Oregon Prekindergarten (OPK) programs can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website. Head Start and OPK programs follow the same standards, the difference is one is federally funded and the other is state funded.

Please directly contact your local program to get an application. 

New HHS Grants Increase, Improve Learning Opportunities for Young Children in Oregon

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HHS’s Administration for Children and Families (ACF) today announced preliminary winners for its Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships

Thus far, 234 preliminarily selected grant applicants in 49 states Washington D.C.; Puerto Rico; and the Northern Mariana Islands will receive over $435 million in funding to help offer care and services to ensure that infants and toddlers have access to Early Head Start services in their communities.

“As the mother of young kids, early learning is a big part of my personal life,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.  “We’re awarding over $435 million in 234 different grants to help ensure more children across the nation will benefit from high-quality early childhood efforts.  As a result, we expect that more than 30,000 additional children will be able to access Early Head Start, about a 25-percent increase in the size of this program. That’s a lot of young lives changed. And a lot of impact delivered.”

“Research shows the first three years are critical for brain development, and Early Head Start provides high-quality early care and learning opportunities for our most vulnerable young children,” said ACF Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Greenberg. “These grants will help support working families by providing a full-day, full-year program for young children.”

ACF developed the grants to encourage collaboration between new or existing Early Head Start grantees and child care providers. They will serve children and families in a variety of settings, including family child care homes, child care centers, and traditional Early Head Start centers in both rural and metropolitan areas across the country.

“We are pleased to partner with communities from all over the country to expand high-quality early learning opportunities for children who need it most.  By providing the fundamental services young children need, we will improve their chances to reach their full potential,” said ACF Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development Linda Smith.

President Obama first mentioned the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership program in his 2013 State of the Union address, when he proposed a comprehensive plan to support high-quality early education for all children from birth through school age.

For the list of preliminary grantees, please visit the ACF web site. Preliminary grantees in Oregon include Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Inc., Mt. Hood Community College, and Umatilla Morrow Head Start.

Learn more about Early Head Start,Office of Head Start,and Office of Child Care.

2015 Scholarship Applications

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2015 scholarship materials for OHSA scholarships are now available. Each year OHSA awards four $2,000 scholarships. Please review the Rules and Selection Criteria, for guidelines and helpful tips. 

Programs need to complete a single State Confirmation Form for the applications they are submitting from their program. Graduating high school students do not need to complete this form, or turn in their applications to a program. High School students may send their applications directly to OHSA.

50 Years of Head Start 20 Years of OHSA

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We are excited to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Head Start. Along with this milestone is the 20th anniversary of the Oregon Head Start Association. Throughout the year we will be celebrating the anniversaries!

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Celebrate Head Start's 50th Anniversary by participating in NHSA's and Teaching Strategies' Head StART: My Favorite PART Challenge. Classrooms of Head Start children from across the country are invited to create original works of group art to illustrate their favorite part of Head Start! Local winners will compete for two national awards.

Eligibility: Children must be three to five years of age and participate through a local Head Start program that is a current NHSA member. All art work must be developed in a Head Start classroom or during a home-based socialization.

Objective: NHSA and Teaching Strategies wish to illustrate the Head Start experience through the eyes of young children. The winning entries will be reproduced on a commemorative 50th Anniversary poster that will be distributed to all Head Start and Early Head Start programs. A big thank you to Teaching Strategies for partnering with us on this 50th activity.

For more information visit the website at go.nhsa.org/ArtContest for the toolkit.

January 2015 

On January 6, 2015, the 114th Congress of the United States will take an oath of office and officially become your next Members of Congress! On the day that your new Members are sworn in, NHSA encourages all Head Start children, teachers and staff to take a moment in their classrooms to:

  • Recite the pledge of allegiance;
  • Take a video or photos; and
  • Send the photos/video to NHSA to share with your Members of Congress!

Keep your eyes open for more information and a media release to share with your local paper! If you are interested in getting a quote from your Member of Congress for your release, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.