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Head Start & Oregon Pre-K

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What is Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten ?

Head Start is a federal program that promotes school readiness of children ages birth to five 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 from three to five years.

OPK is free to families whose children are at least three years old, not old enough 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.

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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

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

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

503-282-1975

Clackamas County Children’s Commission

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

16518 SE River Rd, Milwaukie, OR, United States

503-675-4565

Clackamas ESD Prekindergarten

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

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

503-675-4102

Community Action Head Start of Marion and Polk Counties

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

2475 Center St NE, Salem, OR, United States

503-581-1192

Community Action Head Start of Washington County

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

1001 SW Baseline St, Hillsboro, OR, United States

503-648-6646

Community Services Consortium

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

250 Broadalbin St SW, Albany, OR, United States

541-928-6335

Eastern Oregon Head Start

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

One University Blvd, La Grande, OR

541-962-3622

Head Start of Harney County

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

655 Fillmore St, Eugene, OR, United States

541-573-6461

Head Start of Lane County

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

221 B St, Springfield, OR, United States

541-747-2425

Head Start of Yamhill County

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

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

503-472-2000

Kids and Company of Linn County (Kidco) Head Start

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

300 Market St, Lebanon, OR, United States

541-451-1581

Klamath Family Head Start

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

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

541-882-5988

Malheur County Child Development Center

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

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

541-889-2393

Mid-Columbia Children’s Council

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

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

541-386-2010

Mt Hood Community College Head Start

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

10100 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR, United States

503-491-6111

Neighborhood House, Inc.

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

7780 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR, United States

503-246-1663

NeighborImpact Head Start

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

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

541-548-2380

North Central ESD Early Education Head Start

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

135 S Main St, Condon, OR, United States

541-384-3808

Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC)

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

9140 SW Pioneer Ct, Wilsonville, OR, United States

503-570-1110

Oregon State University Child Development Center

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

130 Bates Hall Corvallis OR

541-737-2516

Portland Public Schools Head Start

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

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

503-916-5724

Salem-Keizer Head Start PreKindergarten

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

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

503-399-5510

South Coast Head Start

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

1855 Thomas Ave, Coos Bay, OR, United States

541-888-3717

Southern Oregon Child and Family Council

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

1001 Beall Ln, Central Point, OR, United States

541-734-5150

The Children’s Learning Center

Oregon Pre-kindergarten

650 NE A St, Madras, OR, United States

541-475-3628

Umatilla-Morrow Head Start, Inc.

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

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

541-564-6878

United Community Action Network (UCAN) Head Start

Head Start & Oregon Pre-kindergarten

948 SE Roberts Ave, Roseburg, OR, United States

541-673-6306