Many of you are familiar with the annual needs assessment required of Oregon Head Start PreKindergarten programs, you may not be aware that the Head Start Collaboration Office has a similar requirement. The assessment by the state’s Collaboration Office looks at the needs of programs statewide; especially as they connect to priority areas and current initiatives.
A copy of the 2017 Oregon Head Start Collaboration Office Needs Assessment is attached for your review. An important highlight of this assessment is the need for support to local programs around increasing the duration of classroom school days and school year. It is also notable that the survey given to OPK directors showed their priority for the Collaboration Office was continued support around Memorandums of Understanding (as required by the Head Start Act) with other publicly funded preschool programs in their area, as well as continued collaboration with Spark (Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for early care and education programs as well as child care providers).
I hope you all enjoy the last month of summer and that things are going smoothly as programs ramp up enrollment to prepare for the 2017-18 school year.
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Respectfully submitted by Shawna Rodrigues, LCSW
Oregon Head Start Collaborations Director