• Future

    Oregon's Future

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

    Head Start Helps

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

  • Learn

    Ready to Learn

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

  • Happy


    I am so HAPPY and Thankful for this Program.

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.

Additional awards are available through the National Head Start Association.

Wage and Salary Survey RFP 2014

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The Oregon Head Start Association is seeking a consultant/firm to conduct a web-based comparability survey, analysis and report on wages and benefits for Head Start/Early Head Start staff positions state wide.

Deadline for submission is December 1st, 2014. Please address them to: OHSA, 9140 SW Pioneer Ct, Wilsonville, OR 97070. Electronic submissions are preferred by emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions may also be directed to Tristin by phone: 503-580-4722.  

The full RFP is available here.

Welcome new board members!

Posted in OHSA News

We're excited to announce our newest board members! Learn more about our board members

  • Alyson Redinger
  • Lakesha Wells
  • Lee Ann Grogan
  • Lourdes Reyna
  • Ron Fleming

Thank you to our Board members who have now retired from the board! 

  • Annie Soto
  • Brenda Tibbetts
  • Dell Ford
  • Dora Kaske
  • Jason Perron
  • Maria Chavez

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!

Head StART Art Logo

Celebrate Head Start's 50th Anniversary by participating in NHSA's and Teaching Strategies' Head StART: My Favorite PART Challenge. Classrooms of Head Start children from across the country are invited to create original works of group art to illustrate their favorite part of Head Start! Local winners will compete for two national awards.

Eligibility: Children must be three to five years of age and participate through a local Head Start program that is a current NHSA member. All art work must be developed in a Head Start classroom or during a home-based socialization.

Objective: NHSA and Teaching Strategies wish to illustrate the Head Start experience through the eyes of young children. The winning entries will be reproduced on a commemorative 50th Anniversary poster that will be distributed to all Head Start and Early Head Start programs. A big thank you to Teaching Strategies for partnering with us on this 50th activity.

For more information visit the website at go.nhsa.org/ArtContest for the toolkit.