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.
The Oregon Head Start Association hosts an Annual Parent Leadership Conference. This conference brings together parents from around the state to provide training on a variety of topics. Topics include information to serve on boards including parliamentary procedure, advocating on behalf of children, financial literacy, health, and safety.
We would love for more parents to be able to attend our conference, but many families are unable to afford the registration fee. This year we are focusing our #GivingTuesday campaign on raising funds to allow all interested parents to attend our 2016 Parent Leadership Conference. It costs $125 for each participant to attend our three-day conference. This registration fee includes snacks, breakfast, and lunch in addition to our many engaging and informative sessions.
Would you be willing to be a conference sponsor, provide a match for our #GivingTuesday donations or both? You can send a parent to this life-changing opportunity by donating $125. For each $125 you donate, as an event sponsor or general donor, we will list your name as a scholarship provider in an attendee packet. Each parent you fund will know that they are receiving this opportunity because of your generosity.
Platinum Sponsors- $1,600 and above
We will highlight your organization as a platinum sponsor in our event app and our training opportunities newsletter (over 1,600 subscribers). Your logo will appear as a sponsor in a slideshow that will run before our plenary sessions and during meals. Your logo will also appear on our web page for the event. We will provide links to your website from our event app, newsletter, and web page.
Gold Sponsors- at least $1,200
We will highlight your organization as a gold sponsor in our event app. Your logo will appear as a sponsor in a slideshow that will run before our plenary sessions and during meals. Your logo will also appear on our web page for the event. We will provide links to your website from our event app and web page.
Silver Sponsors- at least $800
We will highlight your organization as a silver sponsor in our event app. Your logo will appear as a sponsor in a slideshow that will run before our plenary sessions and during meals. Your name will appear on our web page for the event. We will provide links to your website from our event app and web page.
Bronze Sponsors- at least $600
We will highlight your organization as a bronze sponsor in our event app. Your name will appear as a sponsor in a slideshow that will run before our plenary sessions and during meals. Your name will also appear on our web page for the event. We will provide links to your website from our event app and web page.
The Oregon Head Start Association is proud to announce our scholarship recipients for 2015. There were roughly 17 applicants for every scholarship we awarded. The applicants had amazing stories that made selecting the winners difficult for the committee. We commend all of our applicants for sharing their stories and pursuing higher education!
Every year OHSA awards a $2,000 scholarship to a parent of a child enrolled in Early Head Start. This award is named in honor of Richard C. (Dick) Alexander, business leader and entrepreneur. Dick Alexander had a deep commitment to focusing resources where they can make the greatest difference: early childhood. He was the architect of the Ready for School campaign which leveraged the power of business and civic leaders to secure an additional $39 million in state funding for Oregon Head Start Pre-kindergarten’s most vulnerable children. In 2010, his advocacy resulted in the Oregon Legislature allocating a million dollars to the Department of Education to establish a state-funded EHS program. This placed Oregon as a front runner in developing a state and federally funded system for early childhood services, prenatal to age 5. We are happy to announce Chastelle Alegre from KidCo Head Start as the 2015 recipient of the Richard C Alexander Early Head Start Parent Scholarship.
In addition to an illustrious teaching career, Frank Roberts served over 25 years as a member of the Oregon State Legislature, retiring in August 1993. Senator Roberts is remembered for his skilled service as a leader of the Education and Human Resources Subcommittees and was a leader in establishing state funding for the Oregon Head Start Pre-Kindergarten Program. His dedication to children and families, commitment to the disabled, advocacy for early childhood education and Head Start, and his unwavering commitment to education at every level made him a hero for thousands of Oregonians.
We remember Senator Roberts memory by annually awarding three $2,000 scholarships in his honor. The Frank Roberts Memorial Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors is being awarded to Aaron Clifton of McMinnville. The scholarship for Head Start parent is being awarded to Em Chin of Neighborhood House Head Start. Anne Murphy-Hagan, a staff member at Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start, will be receiving the Frank Roberts Memorial Scholarship for Staff.
Congratulations to the 2015 OHSA scholarship recipients!
Oregon Head Start Association awards $13,009.44 for Playground Safety Improvements
PRLog - Dec. 15, 2014 - The Oregon Head Start Association is proud to announce the recipients of this years Charitable Checkoff Grants. Oregon taxpayers donated $13,009.44 through their 2013 taxes to the Oregon Head Start Association. Head Start funding guidelines restrict the use of federal funds for facility and playground development. Charitable checkoff donations make these upgrades possible.
Head Start of Yamhill County has been awarded $6,607.52 to make vital safety improvements to their outdoor play areas at the Michael Eichman Center. Safety and security in the outdoor areas became an issue after the Yamhill County Transit Center was placed across the street. Playground inspections occur multiple times daily and have uncovered drug paraphernalia, adult human feces, and the destruction of property. The grant funding will be used to improve the outdoor environment, including installing an unscalable fence.
Umatilla Morrow Head Start has been awarded $6,401.92 for safety improvements in the outdoor environment at their Punkin Center, formerly an alternative high school. Projects include renovating a former skateboard bath into a bike path developmentally appropriate for preschool children, installing a fence to insure children do not enter the septic drain field, and installing a sunshade.