In the interest of public health during the novel COVID-19 crisis, all Head Start and Early Head Start classes for March 21th through June 11th, 2020 have been cancelled. We care deeply about the children and families we support so our staff will remain accessible by phone, text, or email. Services such as home visits will be conducted by phone, and making school lunch food available to families during this closure.

Call your child’s teacher, family educator, or our main office at 503-581-1152 if you have unmet needs and we will assist to the best of our abilities.

En el interés de la salud pública durante la crisis de COVID-19, todas las clases de Head Start y Head Start de Temprana Edad están canceladas desde el 31 de marzo del 2020 to 11 de junio del 2020. Nos preocupan profundamente nuestros niños y familias y el personal permanezca accesible por teléfono, texto, o correo electrónico. Servicios en la forma de visitas de casa por teléfono y almuerzos escolares seguirán siendo disponibles a las familias durante el cierre. Llama al maestro/a de su niño/a o Educador/a de Familia o a la oficina principal al 503-581-1152 si tiene alguna necesidad.

Welcome to Community Action Head Start

Head Start graduates are more likely to graduate from high school and less likely to need special education, repeat a grade, or commit crimes in adolescence.

―Joe Baca, Former U.S. Representative

Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program serving low-income children ages 3-5, and their families. Head Start provides early childhood education, nutrition, mental health disability support, and family services. Family involvement is included in all aspects of the program.

Our Service Area – Marion and Polk Counties, Oregon

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Early Head Start

Our Early Head Start program is in its 5th year of operation.  We currently serve 96 children in Marion and Polk Counties.  We have 40 Home Based slots that serve pregnant women and children under the age of 12 months.  Several of our Home Based slots are located in Woodburn and the Santiam Canyon area. This allows us to serve families in some of our more isolated regions where classroom settings are not available.  The Home Based families receive one home visit per month.  Additionally, they have 2 socialization’s a month at one of our centers, providing opportunities to meet other families and participate in group activities.  48 slots are dedicated to our locally designed option that provides center based care for 3.5 hours a day, two days a week, with two home visits per month to children aged 12 months to 3 years old.  The remaining 8 slots are serving children of working families in a full day, full year capacity, 5 days a week for up to 10 hours per day.

Child Care Partnership

The EHS Child Care Partnership is the newest program to join our already established Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. The Child Care Partnership provides full time care and Early Head Start Services to 33 infants and toddlers of working families in Marion and Polk Counties. This is done in a contracted Partnership with In-Home Family Child Care Providers that were already established in our community. In addition 27 teens and their children are served by Salem Keizer Teen Parent Program and the YMCA for the Central Teen Parent Program in Independence. For a total of 60 Children and Families receiving services.

Parents must be working a minimum of 25 hours a week during normal daycare open hours and teens must be enrolled in High School to qualify. Children and Families receive all the same services as our traditional center based Early Head Start program, including home visits, conferences, health and wellness support, family services and goal setting. As with the Head Start and Early Head Start Program, this is free to parents and all supplies for children are provided.

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. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Setting the Stage for Success

“To learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”
― Stephen R. Covey, Author, Teacher, Self Help Expert

Welcome to Community Action Head Start!  We are here to help you every step of the way to see your child grow and develop.  Getting your child off to a good start takes time, effort, and planning.  We believe that everyone has individual worth and that the quality of one’s life can be improved if opportunities for growth and development are met with a positive, well defined base.

Head Start and Early Head Start are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Please find and fill out the application below.


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Parent Resources

Annual Reports and Resources

Annual Public Report

Community Assessment

Self Assessment

  • Self Assessment Final Report/Program Improvement Plan, (English) (Spanish)

Stay active and involved in your child’s school life  Attend school meetings. Go to parent-teacher conferences. When you meet the teacher, tell him/her something positive about your child and the teacher. You are giving the teacher a clue to your child’s personality and are making a favorable contact with the teacher.

Read all materials that come home from school – Often changes in routine, field trips, notes on your child’s progress and health alerts are listed in school notes. Keep informed – Keep in touch.

Read to your child at least for a few minutes each day – Make reading a part of your home life.

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Salem, OR 97301
Telephone: 503-581-1152
Fax: 503-581-3012

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