Head Start and Early Head Start

About Head Start and Early Head Start

Head Start is a free pre-school learning experience for children of low-income families.

  • Head Start is a family oriented program designed to provide educational experiences and health services, as well as other opportunities for children ages 3-5 and their families.
  • Head Start teaching methods are developed to meet the individualized needs of each child.
  • Head Start works with parents to develop Family Partnership Plans, Individualized Child Plans, and provide opportunities for parent participation.
  • Head Start assists families with obtaining the following for their children: well-child exams, dental exams, developmental, hearing, and vision screenings, nutrition assessments, immunizations, and mental health screenings.
  • Head Start provides both part day program options (7:30 am – 1:30 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Monday-Friday, 10 months per year) or for working parents or parents enrolled in a verifiable educational program or job training program or college: full day option (7:45 am – 3:00 pm Tuesday-Friday 10 month or 12 month).

Early Head Start Home Based Program is a year round program that brings support services into the homes of client families. Because we know that parents are the first and most influential teachers for their children, we provide parenting information and educational opportunities to expectant mothers and parents of children from birth to three years of age.

We offer families information about community and regional resources, and we offer assistance in accessing these resources. Professional EHS Home Visitors meet with families in their homes each week for 1.5 hours per child to offer an array of services and to assist parents in fostering the growth and development of their children.

Our services and support are provided to families with young children in their own homes and at the ECE center free of charge. A group socialization experience is provided at the ECE center two times per month for each family.

Who is Eligible?

Children ages 3-5 years old for Head Start.

Prenatal Mothers and Children ages birth to 3 for Early Head Start Home Based.

Commonly Asked Questions

How do I apply? You can apply in person at Warm Springs Early Childhood Education Center or by calling Family Services at 541-553-3242.

What documents do I need to provide with my application? Proof of income or enrollment in verifiable education program or job training program; or college; proof of age of child (court document, CDIB, tribal id, birth certificate), if have proof of insurance, please provide it (not required).