• Boy

    Head Start Helps

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

  • Happy


    I am so HAPPY and Thankful for this Program.

  • Future

    Oregon's Future

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

Head Start Awareness Month Proclamation 2014

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Head Start Awareness Month Proclamation

We were pleased to receive the 2014 Head Start Awareness Month Proclamation from Megan Irwin, Acting Early Learning Systems Director, at our Directors meeting on October 8, 2014. Thank you Governor Kitzhaber and Ms. Irwin for recognizing the contributions of Head Start programs in Oregon.


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!


October is Head Start Awareness month! We are working with the Governor's office to get a proclamation. October 24 will be Head Start Works button day. You can order buttons from NHSA. We will be selling the buttons at our conferences throughout the year. Are you interested in hosting a Head Start Awareness Month activity? Please submit your idea here. Don't want to host, but want to participate? Search for activities in your area.

October will also feature the Global Cardboard Challenge. This event promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills. Watch the video below to learn about Caine's Arcade, the creation of a boy that started the movement.