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Head Start & Oregon Pre-K

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Head Start Program Performance Standards
for masking and COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Learn more about the requirements for all Head Start staff, some contractors, and volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Universal masking for all individuals 2 years of age and older are also a requirement.


Considering Reasonable Accommodation of Face Covering Requirements for Head Start and Oregon Prekindergarten


What is Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten ?

Head Start is a federal program that promotes school readiness of young children from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Oregon modeled Oregon Pre-kindergarten (OPK) after Head Start to expand high-quality early learning opportunities for lowest income and highest need preschool children.

OPK is free to families from the period of prenatal to five years old and not yet eligible for kindergarten, and who meet income or other eligibility qualifications. Program services include:

  • Preschool education and early childhood development
  • Child health/mental health and nutrition
  • Parent education and family support

In the classroom, they program provides a learning environment that supports children’s growth and development, which includes:

  • Language and literacy
  • Cognition and general knowledge
  • Physical development and health
  • Social and emotional development
  • Approaches to learning

OPK emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher and builds relationships with families to support:

  • Family well-being and positive parent-child relationships
  • Families as learners and lifelong educators
  • Family engagement in transitions
  • Family connections to peers and community
  • Families as advocates and leaders

All services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. We are proud to partner with Head Start to have these serviced available in all 36 counties in Oregon.

Search below for an Oregon Pre-kindergarten program in your area. For more information about Head Start, visit the Head Start and the Oregon Head Start Association websites.

Providers and partners who receive funding from the state through an ELD contract or agreement are required to complete an equity training. Click here for more information.

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State Contacts

Michael Ames Connor

Preschool Program Specialist: Oregon Pre-Kindergarten Program Coordinator
O: (503) 947-5968

Teresa Waite

Early Learning Program Analyst
O: (503) 947-1891
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Is my child eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start?

Children from birth to age five from families with low income, according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government, are eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services.

Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are categorically eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of income.

Pregnant women may also be eligible for Early Head Start.

Are children in foster care eligible for Head Start?

Children in foster care are Head Start eligible, regardless of family income.

Does Head Start accept children with disabilities or special needs?

The Head Start Act of 2007 requires 10 percent of the total number of children actually enrolled by each Head Start agency and each delegate agency to be children with disabilities who are determined to be eligible for special education and related services, or early intervention services.

Is my child eligible for Oregon Head Start Pre-Kindergarten (OPK)?

OPK programs may enroll up to 20% of children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Programs may also serve up to an additional 35% of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines, but below 130% of the poverty line if the program can ensure that certain conditions have been met.

What if my income level is higher than the Poverty Guidelines?

OPK programs may enroll up to 20% of children from families that have incomes above the Poverty Guidelines. Programs may also serve up to an additional 35% of children from families whose incomes are above the Poverty Guidelines, but below 130% of the poverty line if the program can ensure that certain conditions described in the Head Start Act have been met.

How do I find a Head Start or OPK program near me?

Use the Head Start Locator to find all Head Start locations. To search specifically for OPK programs, use the Program Locator [Add link when available] on the Early Learning Division website or call 211 for more information.

What are the other options if my child is ineligible for Head Start or OPK?

If you are ineligible for Head Start or OPK, you can call 211 and ask for help locating child care in your area.

Albina Head Start

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

3417 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR, United States


Clackamas County Children’s Commission

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

16518 SE River Rd, Milwaukie, OR, United States


Clackamas ESD Prekindergarten

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

13455 SE 97th Ave, Clackamas, OR, United States


Community Action Head Start of Marion and Polk Counties

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

2475 Center St NE, Salem, OR, United States


Community Action Head Start of Washington County

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

1001 SW Baseline St, Hillsboro, OR, United States


Community Action Team, Inc.

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

108 West B Street, Rainier, OR, USA


Community Services Consortium

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

250 Broadalbin St SW, Albany, OR, United States


Eastern Oregon University Head Start

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

One University Blvd, La Grande, OR


Head Start of Harney County

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

655 Fillmore St, Eugene, OR, United States


Head Start of Lane County

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

221 B St, Springfield, OR, United States


Head Start of Yamhill County

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

1006 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR, United States


Kids and Company of Linn County (Kidco) Head Start

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

300 Market St, Lebanon, OR, United States


Klamath Family Head Start

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

1940 S 6th St, Klamath Falls, OR, United States


Malheur County Child Development Center

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

790 SW 7th Pl, Ontario, OR, United States


Mid-Columbia Children’s Council

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

1100 E Marina Way, Hood River, OR, United States


Mt Hood Community College Head Start

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

10100 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR, United States


Neighborhood House, Inc.

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

7780 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR, United States


NeighborImpact Head Start

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

2303 South 1st Street, Redmond, OR, United States


North Central ESD Early Education Head Start

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

135 S Main St, Condon, OR, United States


Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC)

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

9140 SW Pioneer Ct, Wilsonville, OR, United States


Oregon State University Child Development Center

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

130 Bates Hall Corvallis OR


Portland Public Schools Head Start

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

4800 NE 74th Ave, Portland, OR, United States


Salem-Keizer Head Start PreKindergarten

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

1850 45th Avenue Northeast, Salem, OR, United States


South Coast Head Start

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

1855 Thomas Ave, Coos Bay, OR, United States


Southern Oregon Child and Family Council

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

1001 Beall Ln, Central Point, OR, United States


The Children’s Learning Center

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

650 NE A St, Madras, OR, United States


Umatilla-Morrow Head Start, Inc.

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

110 Northeast 4th Street, Hermiston, OR, United States


United Community Action Network (UCAN) Head Start

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

948 SE Roberts Ave, Roseburg, OR, United States