Head Start and Early Head Start Programs


Children are born to learn.

Neighborhood House’s Head Start is a state-funded program modeled on the Federal Head Start program.  Head Start has played a key role in focusing the attention of the nation on the importance of early childhood education.

This child and family development program serves primarily low income children aged 3-5. At least 10% of enrollment opportunities are made available for children with disabilities, regardless of income.  Its goal is to achieve school readiness in children by promoting their social, cognitive and physical development.
National Head Start research shows that children having participated in Head Start are:

Less Likely

  • to be retained in grade
  • to require special education
  • to drop out of school

More Likely

  • to have improved intellectual/cognitive skills
  • to be healthier
  • to have enhanced self-esteem
  • to exhibit good social/emotional skill development

Head Start services include:

  • Developmental preschool education, combining classroom sessions and home visits, at three locations in Southwest and one in Northwest Portland
  • Nutritious meal program
  • Screenings and professional referrals for health, nutrition, development and mental health
  • Individualized education plans for each child
  • Parent education and involvement, plus referrals to needed services in support of family goals
  • Transportation

To learn more about our Head Start Program, please see our FY 2010-11 Annual Report by clicking here.

Neighborhood House’s Early Head Start Program serves children birth to three years of age and their families. Its objectives are to enhance healthy development and promote family well-being. Funding for the program comes from the City of Portland Children's Investment Fund (CHIF).