• Future

    Oregon's Future

    Healthy, educated children: the best thing you can do for Oregon right now! and in the future.  (Kathleen J.)
  • Boy

    Head Start Helps

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

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    I am so HAPPY and Thankful for this Program.

  • Learn

    Ready to Learn

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

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. 

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.

The Scholarship Committee has gathered various materials from programs to assist you in the scholarship process.


Some of the forms have been translated into Spanish. The English version of the forms is the official version. Please be sure that applications are submitted in English. 


Additional awards are available through the National Head Start Association. Please note that NHSA materials must be submitted to the NHSA system by May 1, 2015 in order to be integrated with the state scoring process.

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.

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!

February 2015 

Join us for the Capitol Advocacy Day on the 5th as part of our Winter Conference

The week of February 23, we want Head Start teachers, staff and parents across the country to take a photo of what makes your program unique and share it on social media with your Governor and State Legislators! You can find your Governor’s social media usernames here, and don’t forget to tag @NatlHeadStart, @ORHeadStart, and #HeadStart50!

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.