• Boy

    Head Start Helps

    The Head Start Program was the kick start I needed in my life. (Robert H.)

  • Future

    Oregon's Future

    Healthy, educated children: the best thing you can do for Oregon right now! and in the future.  (Kathleen J.)
  • Happy


    I am so HAPPY and Thankful for this Program.

  • Learn

    Ready to Learn

    Oregon students and families rely on Head Start programs to ensure that our kids arrive in kindergarten ready to learn.

Applying for Head Start, Early Head Start, or OPK Services

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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. 

2015 Scholarship Applications

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2015 scholarship materials for OHSA scholarships are now available. Each year OHSA awards four $2,000 scholarships. Please review the Rules and Selection Criteria, for guidelines and helpful tips. 

Programs need to complete a single State Confirmation Form for the applications they are submitting from their program. Graduating high school students do not need to complete this form, or turn in their applications to a program. High School students may send their applications directly to OHSA.

The Scholarship Committee has gathered various materials from programs to assist you in the scholarship process.


Some of the forms have been translated into Spanish. The English version of the forms is the official version. Please be sure that applications are submitted in English. 


Additional awards are available through the National Head Start Association. Please note that NHSA materials must be submitted to the NHSA system by May 1, 2015 in order to be integrated with the state scoring process.

Taxpayer Refunds Keep Preschoolers Safe

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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.

50 Years of Head Start 20 Years of OHSA

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We are excited to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Head Start. Along with this milestone is the 20th anniversary of the Oregon Head Start Association. Throughout the year we will be celebrating the anniversaries!

May 2015

On May 18th, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson announced Project Head Start from the White House Rose Garden. On that historic day he made a commitment to open a window of opportunity for our nations most at-risk children and their families.

On Monday, May 18th, 2015, join Head Start programs across the country in celebrating the 50 years of opportunity Head Start has provided by planting a rose bush - in front of your Head Start center, at a local park or on the grounds of city hall. If you're unable to plant a rose bush, celebrate in your own unique way - such as making paper roses, a special Rose Garden coloring page or planting a different flower. Whatever you do - be sure to plan to celebrate on May 18th! NHSA will be releasing more ideas and tools in the coming weeks.

NHSA will be celebrating too, and with prizes. The Head Start program who sends in the most celebratory photos will win a commemorative 50th Anniversary rug from Flagship Carpets. The second place winner will receive a framed 50th Anniversary print.

It's important that we all pause for a moment on May 18th and celebrate Head Start's beginning.