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Head Start and Early Head Start

Community Action Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer high-quality early childhood education to children ages birth to age five who live in Washington County. 

Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families. These services include health screenings, nutrition, social services, and other family resources based on your family's individual situation.

Families whose income is less than 100 percent of the current federal poverty guidelines are prioritized, though all families regardless of income are welcome to apply.

We also welcome children with special needs and children who are learning English.


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Program Options

Part-Day Pre-Kindergarten (ages 3 to 5) Children attend preschool Monday - Thursday. Classes last for 3.5 hours in the morning or afternoon and are located in public schools in Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, Tualatin, and Sherwood, and in our Child Development Centers. Children receive a high-quality preschool education along with healthy meals and snacks. Bus transportation is provided at some sites.

Preschool Promise and Duration Pre-Kindergarten (ages 3 to 5) Children attend class Monday-Friday for 6.5 hours per day from September until June. Children receive a high-quality preschool education along with healthy meals and snacks. 

Full-Day Full-Year in Hillsboro (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) This program operates from 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, five days per week, year-round. Parents must be working and eligible for Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) funds from DHS. Children receive developmentally appropriate education services, health screenings, and healthy, balanced meals and snacks. 

Home-Based Program (ages birth to 3 years) Families participate in year-round, weekly home visits with qualified Home Visitors. The purpose of the home visits is to promote secure parent-child relationships and help parents provide high-quality early learning experiences in the home. Parents and children are provided with opportunities for coordinated group socialization time. Prenatal services are also offered to pregnant women

Coffee Creek Program (ages birth to 5 years) This locally-designed program serves children whose mothers are incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Through a partnership with Oregon Department of Corrections, and the children's caregivers, teachers help incarcerated mothers bond with their children, learn parenting skills and prepare for parenting after they are released from prison.


Policy Council

Policy Council is an elected group of Head Start parents who share the responsibility of program governance with the Board of Directors and Community Action staff.