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    Ready to Learn

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

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    I am so HAPPY and Thankful for this Program.

  • Boy

    Head Start Helps

    The Head Start Program was the kick start I needed in my life. (Robert H.)

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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.)

How do I enroll?

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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. 

Celebrate 50 years of Head Start at a Block Party!

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This year, the Office of Head Start (OHS) is celebrating 50 years of Head Start programs. As part of the festivities, OHS is coordinating a national party on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. It will take place in October as part of Head Start Awareness Month. Get out your Head Start "blocks" and join the festivities!

The Head Start Block Party will:

  •     Celebrate Head Start’s 50-year history
  •     Honor the contributions of local partners, staff, and families
  •     Raise awareness of Head Start in every community

Find a party in your area, or create one now!

Board Elections

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Elections to the OHSA Board for 2015-16 will occur on Thursday November 5 at our Fall Conference. If you are interested in applying please visit our OHSA Executive Board Orientation Module. This online course will familiarize you with the expectations of being an OHSa board member. You will need to complete a candidate form to run for office. If you are affiliated with a program, your form will need to be signed by your program director. The process is much smoother if you arrive at the conference with your form completed.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Oregon Head Start Association, but you are not affiliated with a program please contact our Executive Director.

2015 Scholarship Recipients

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The Oregon Head Start Association is proud to announce our scholarship recipients for 2015. There were roughly 17 applicants for every scholarship we awarded. The applicants had amazing stories that made selecting the winners difficult for the committee. We commend all of our applicants for sharing their stories and pursuing higher education!

Every year OHSA awards a $2,000 scholarship to a parent of a child enrolled in Early Head Start. This award is named in honor of Richard C. (Dick) Alexander, business leader and entrepreneur. Dick Alexander had a deep commitment to focusing resources where they can make the greatest difference: early childhood. He was the architect of the Ready for School campaign which leveraged the power of business and civic leaders to secure an additional $39 million in state funding for Oregon Head Start Pre-kindergarten’s most vulnerable children. In 2010, his advocacy resulted in the Oregon Legislature allocating a million dollars to the Department of Education to establish a state-funded EHS program. This placed Oregon as a front runner in developing a state and federally funded system for early childhood services, prenatal to age 5. We are happy to announce Chastelle Alegre from KidCo Head Start as the 2015 recipient of the Richard C Alexander Early Head Start Parent Scholarship.

In addition to an illustrious teaching career, Frank Roberts served over 25 years as a member of the Oregon State Legislature, retiring in August 1993. Senator Roberts is remembered for his skilled service as a leader of the Education and Human Resources Subcommittees and was a leader in establishing state funding for the Oregon Head Start Pre-Kindergarten Program. His dedication to children and families, commitment to the disabled, advocacy for early childhood education and Head Start, and his unwavering commitment to education at every level made him a hero for thousands of Oregonians. 

We remember Senator Roberts memory by annually awarding three $2,000 scholarships in his honor. The Frank Roberts Memorial Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors is being awarded to Aaron Clifton of McMinnville. The scholarship for Head Start parent is being awarded to Em Chin of Neighborhood House Head Start. Anne Murphy-Hagan, a staff member at Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start, will be receiving the Frank Roberts Memorial Scholarship for Staff. 

Congratulations to the 2015 OHSA scholarship recipients!

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.