Head Start

Supporting early learning and development from birth to age five.

Comprehensive programs for childhood health, education, and parental involvement throughout Marion and Polk counties.

In the interest of public health during the novel COVID-19 crisis, all...

COVID-19 Notice

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.

Starting Strong

Head Start

Head Start is a free preschool and early childhood development service for low-income families and their children, aged 3-5. Our program includes early learning, nutrition, mental health disability support, and family services — with the ultimate goal of strengthening child-parent relationships and building a strong foundation before kindergarten.

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Early Head Start

Our Early Head Start program aids children from birth to 3 years old, with services tailored to their unique physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs. We’re also happy to offer a limited number of Home-Based slots, which feature one in-home visit a month alongside other opportunities to meet families and participate in center-based group activities. Several of our slots are located in the Woodburn and Santiam Canyon area, ensuring families in rural regions have access to these vital resources.

Child Care Partnership

Our newest program, the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership, provides full-time care and Early Head Start services to working families throughout Marion and Polk counties in partnership with established child care providers. In addition, our Teen Parent Programs serve young parents and their children in Salem, Keizer, and Independence.

To qualify, parents must be working a minimum of 25 hours a week during normal daycare hours, and teenage parents must be enrolled in high school. Families receive all the same services as our traditional center-based Early Head Start program, including home visits, conferences, wellness support, family services, and goal setting. As with Head Start and Early Head Start, this program is 100% free and all supplies are provided.

Available in Marion and Polk counties

 

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,...

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.

“I have sent three of my kids to preschool through Head Start. Starting school early is more important than anything else.”