2017 Advocacy Actions #FundHeadStart

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Photos and Videos

The March 30 meeting of the House Committee On Early Childhood and Family Supports had some great content in regards to Head Start! HB 3106-3 passed out of committee and Dr Pakulak from the University of Oregon testified about the brain research he’s been conducting in partnership with Head Start of Lane County.

Head Start advocates with Nancy Nathanson

Check out the testimony on Head Start to the House Committee On Early Childhood and Family Supports. The testimony starts at the last gray dot (around 1:10).

Head Start Improvement Act of 2017 Letter

We recently joined with all of the state and regional Head Start associations to send a  letter to Senator Lee and Congressman Banks expressing our concerns with the Head Start Improvement Act of 2017 that they recently introduced. This legislation proposes block granting Head Start which is a dramatic change in the funding structure potentially undermining quality, outcomes, and local decision-making.

Oregon Budget Update April 17, 2017

A more detailed state budget proposal was released this week. The good news for Head Start is we are not being targeted for cuts! We are grateful that the Legislature realizes the proven value of Head Start. However, many of our partner organizations do have proposed cuts.

The legislative session is only halfway through, so more changes will likely occur to the budget proposal. When it is time to act on the budget proposal, we will send information to our Action Alert Network.

Eastern Oregon Head Start Continues Conscious Discipline Journey

Eastern Oregon Head Start formally adopted Conscious Discipline as a program philosophy over 5 years ago. Since Conscious Discipline has been a part of the program they have grown in many ways while recognizing that they have many more years of practice before they would consider themselves a model school. Presently, the most powerful Conscious Discipline skill for their program is composure; realizing that no one can make you angry without your permission.

Eastern Oregon Head Start has expanded their home visiting services to include individualized Conscious Discipline home visiting to families. The program also holds community-wide parent training and partners with Early Learning Hubs and Mental Health Providers to offer training for professionals in Eastern Oregon.


Guest post by Robert Kleng

Seeking Oregon’s Next Teacher of the Year

(Salem, Ore) – Every year, the Oregon Department of Education honors teachers and their impact on students’ lives through the Oregon Teacher of the Year award. The award recognizes an outstanding teacher as a representative of all of the educators in our state and gives Oregonians an opportunity to share information on teachers who are making a difference in their communities. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Oregon Teacher of the Year award.

“In my travels across the state of Oregon, I have been privileged to meet countless extraordinary teachers who are experts in their field and who inspire students to strive for greatness every day,” said Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor. “We know there are many excellent educators across the state of Oregon, and one way to elevate teacher voice in our state is to celebrate and recognize one of these outstanding educators who can serve as the face and voice of this admirable profession.”

Anyone can nominate a prekindergarten through grade 12 teacher for the award, but teachers may not nominate themselves. Candidates should have the respect and admiration of their colleagues and:

  • Be an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence.
  • Collaborate with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success.
  • Deliberately connect the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large.
  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning.
  • Express themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

We encourage you to nominate an outstanding educator deserving of recognition today! Nominating is an easy, four-step online form. To nominate an educator for 2018 Oregon Teacher of the Year, click here. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 12, 2017 and the award will be announced later this fall.

The Oregon Department of Education is proud to partner with the Oregon Lottery to honor Oregon teachers through the Teacher of the Year award. Once selected, the Teacher of the Year and his or her school are each awarded a $5,000 cash prize. Two runners-up also each receive an award of $2,000.

Oregon’s Teacher of the Year will continue to teach in the classroom and will have opportunities to speak and present around the state. In addition, he or she can to apply for the National Teacher of the Year award and attend several out-of-state events, including a trip to Washington, D.C. where he or she has the opportunity to meet the President at the White House.

To learn more about the Teacher of the Year program or to make a nomination today, go to:

2017 Advocacy Day

Thank you everyone who joined us for our 2017 Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Salem! We love your photos. You can share more with us by sending us the embed code, URL, or file to

Meeting with Senator Tim Knopp

Donna Schnitker kicking off our Winter Conference #ORHeadStart

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House Speaker Tina Kotek presenting our keynote. #ORHeadStart

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Southern Oregon Head Start
Mt Hood Community College Head Start with Representative Carla Piluso
Rep Paul Evans with staff and parents from the Community Action Head Start of Marion and Polk Counties advocating for Head Start which provides educational opportunities and services to children of low-income families.

Letter Writing Guide

Want to write a letter to your legislators, but aren’t sure how? Check out this great letter writing guide!

This document is designed to help you get into contact with your legislators. Sometimes this is done when we want our voices heard on a specific issue and sometimes it is just to let them know about us. One of our greatest powers as parents is our voice and our stories. These stories help make personal the positive impact Head Start has on our families to our politicians. Many appreciate letters from us. This document has contact information and a form letter.