About OHSA

Image courtesy Office of Head Start
Image courtesy Office of Head Start

The Oregon Head Start Association (OHSA) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit association which provides leadership, advocacy, and training for Oregon Head Start Pre Kindergarten (OPK), Head Start (HS), and Early Head Start (EHS) programs. The Association serves parents, staff, directors and volunteers through training activities, scholarships, conferences, a newsletter, website and assistance with resource development. We are governed by a 13 member Executive Board and are members of the National Head Start Association (NHSA). Click here to learn more about the organization of the association.

Read our strategic plan and bylaws.

Meet our Executive Board!


Oregon Head Start Association works to create a world where Head Start staff receive equitable wages; where parents understand their role in their children’s lives and are involved in their education; where Head Start is a role model of what community can be; and where every eligible child has access to the life-changing opportunity to attend Head Start.

Serving the Families of Oregon’s Youngest and Most Vulnerable Children 

The Oregon Head Start, Prekindergarten, and Early Head Start programs serve the families of young children who face significant risk factors affecting school success. Enrollment priority goes to children most in need, including:

  • Children living in poverty (100% of Federal Poverty Level);
  • Children with disabilities or serious health/mental health concerns; and
  • Children from families affected by mental health issues, child abuse or neglect, incarceration, parent illness/disability, domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness, foster care or other serious concerns.

Our Members