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Head Start and Early Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer high-quality early childhood education at no cost for children prenatal to age 5 who live in Washington County. 

These 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 welcome children with special needs and children who are learning English.


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Program Options


Full Day Full Year (FDFY) Programs:
  • Hillsboro Child Development Center (HCDC); Early Head Start (infant- 3 years) and Full Year Pre-K (3 years – 5 years): FDFY Pre-K and FDFY EHS operate Monday-Friday. The Center is open from 7:00 am-5:30 pm and is in session September-August
  • Home-Based (prenatal – 3 years): Home-Based offers weekly home visits and socializations 2x a month where families and children can interact. This program is in session September-August
  • Coffee Creek (Coffee Creek Correctional Facility) (birth – 5 years): Coffee Creek offers 2 class days a week where children get to interact and build a strong bond with their mothers. In-person services are subject to change based on the Department of Correction's requirements
Part Year Programs

Our classrooms are located within public schools around Washington County. We also have classrooms at Garden Home Recreation Center, Beaverton Child Development Center, and Hillsboro Child Development Center

  • Part-Day Pre-K classrooms are in session Monday-Thursday, 3 1/2 hours each day. We have two class times (AM/PM), class start and end times depend on the location. This program is in session September-May
  • Duration classrooms are in session Monday-Friday, 6 hours and 45 minutes each day. Class start and end times depend on the site location. This program is in session September-June

Connected Engagement

Connected Engagement provides opportunities for parents/guardians to engage in learning opportunities with their child outside of the classroom. We sincerely hope families enjoy these opportunities to grow and learn together.

We have created our own YouTube channel. These ideas for things to do with your children were created by our own staff.


Policy Council

The Policy Council is a group of Head Start and Early Head Start parents and community members who help lead and make decisions about their program. Policy Council allows parents to have a voice in decisions and helps guide the use of funding disbursement, classroom curriculums, and how the program works with community partners. Children learn more and experience healthier development at school and at home. Parents can become more confident, gain skills, and connect with other parents and staff. Policy Council Members meet once a month.


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant's name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

fax:
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

email:
Program.Intake@usda.gov