Head Start & OPK
What is Head Start & Oregon Pre-Kindergarten?
Head Start is a federal program that promotes school readiness of young children from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Oregon modeled Oregon Pre-kindergarten (OPK) after Head Start to expand high-quality early learning opportunities for the lowest income and highest need preschool children.
OPK is free to families from the period of prenatal to five years old and not yet eligible for kindergarten, and who meet income or other eligibility qualifications. Program services include:
Preschool education and early childhood development
Child health/mental health and nutrition
Parent education and family support
In the classroom, the program provides a learning environment that supports children’s growth and development, which includes:
- Language and literacy
- Cognition and general knowledge
- Physical development and health
- Social and emotional development
- Approaches to learning
OPK emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher and builds relationships with families to support:
- Family well-being and positive parent-child relationships
- Families as learners and lifelong educators
- Family engagement in transitions
- Family connections to peers and community
- Families as advocates and leaders
All services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. NCESD is proud to partner with Head Start to have these serviced available in Sherman and Wheeler Counties.
For Head Start services in Gilliam County, please contact Umatilla Morrow Head Start.
NCESD Early Learning Staff
North Central ESD Early Education
(541) 215-0974 Mobile
North Central ESD Early Education Policy Council is here to assist and support local community preschools in serving the families in their community to meet or exceed Head Start Performance Standards.
Head Start programs promote the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by supporting their development in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being while engaging parents as partners every step of the way.
Complete this application to begin the enrollment process.