An Extraordinary Opportunity
In 2012, Neighborhood House was invited to provide preschool education to low-income children living in the Home Forward's new Stephens Creek Crossing housing development and from the surrounding neighborhood. We knew locating the Center with affordable housing would be ideal for our early childhood programming by allowing our staff the frequent contact with families needed to actively engage them in their children's education. The goal is to better prepare these children for a successful transition to kindergarten. High-quality early childhood education, including parent engagement, has been proven to mitigate poverty-related risk factors and increase the likelihood children will succeed in school.
An Early Education Leader
Neighborhood House has been the primary Head Start provider on Portland’s west side for nearly two decades. Our program specializes in working with children and families from diverse backgrounds, including many recent immigrants and refugees. The Oregon Department of Education has identified our program as a "model pro-gram for meeting the needs of children from diverse backgrounds."
Partnering with Home Forward
Our early childhood efforts are integrated with Home Forward’s programming designed to help adult residents make economic progress so they can lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Together, we are creating a powerful culture of learning and achievement for all Stephens Creek Crossing residents.
THE FACTS ON THE CHILDREN CENTER PROJECT
Total cost of the Center was $5 million, of which Home Forward secured $4 million. Neighborhood House raised slightly more than $1 million to cover the costs of the interior build-out, furnishings and two playgrounds.
The 7,000 sq. ft. facility includes four classrooms, three dedicated to Head Start and the fourth dedicated to family strengthening programs, including parenting, family literacy and ESL.
The Center opened in September and is serving 96 children enrolled in Head Start. More children and families are participating in programs in the Family Workshop.
Neighborhood House consolidated three existing Head Start locations under one roof at the Center, saving 50% on space costs, approximately $18,500 each year.
Construction started in May 2013 and was completed in May 2014.
See our beautiful, completed Children's Center, which officially opened in September 2014.
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Click here to download a map to convenient parking near the Center in the lower parking lot at Hillsdale Community Church.