• Boy

    Head Start Helps

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

  • Future

    Oregon's Future

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

    Ready to Learn

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

  • Happy


    I am so HAPPY and Thankful for this Program.

Join me in voting for Oregon's kids!

Posted in Legislative Alerts (2)

Children First for Oregon

Dear Friend,

Political advertising is filling the television airwaves and our mailboxes, trying to convince us that a particular candidate will be our voice in government. Candidates are happy to tell you how they will work for you - if you give them your vote.

Before you vote, I urge you to remember those who don’t have politicians clamoring for their attention and don’t have powerful special interests protecting their welfare – Oregon’s children. Since kids can’t vote, they rely on you and me to ensure policy makers hear their needs and protect their interests.

Last week the Oregonian’s David Sarasohn wrote about elections from a child’s perspective. If children are a priority to you, make sure they are a priority to those who represent you. Ask your local candidates questions about how they will change the odds for Oregon’s kids. After the votes are counted and a winner declared, our work is only beginning. Together, we need to hold our elected officials accountable for their performance on behalf of kids.

You have until tomorrow (Thursday, October 30) to safely mail your ballot, or you can drop it off by Election Day (Tuesday, November 4) at an official ballot drop-off location. Don’t miss this chance to put kids first with your vote.

Thank you for joining me in voting for Oregon’s kids!

Tonia Hunt
Executive Director 

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

Posted in OHSA News

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. 

Wage and Salary Survey RFP 2014

Posted in OHSA News

The Oregon Head Start Association is seeking a consultant/firm to conduct a web-based comparability survey, analysis and report on wages and benefits for Head Start/Early Head Start staff positions state wide.

Deadline for submission is December 1st, 2014. Please address them to: OHSA, 9140 SW Pioneer Ct, Wilsonville, OR 97070. Electronic submissions are preferred by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions may also be directed to Tristin by phone: 503-580-4722.  

The full RFP is available here.

Head Start Awareness Month Proclamation 2014

Posted in OHSA News

Head Start Awareness Month Proclamation

We were pleased to receive the 2014 Head Start Awareness Month Proclamation from Megan Irwin, Acting Early Learning Systems Director, at our Directors meeting on October 8, 2014. Thank you Governor Kitzhaber and Ms. Irwin for recognizing the contributions of Head Start programs in Oregon.


50 Years of Head Start 20 Years of OHSA

Posted in OHSA News

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!


October is Head Start Awareness month! We are working with the Governor's office to get a proclamation. October 24 was Head Start Works button day. We will be selling the buttons at our conferences throughout the year. Are you interested in hosting a Head Start Awareness Month activity? Please submit your idea here. Don't want to host, but want to participate? Search for activities in your area.

October will also feature the Global Cardboard Challenge. This event promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills. Watch the video below to learn about Caine's Arcade, the creation of a boy that started the movement.