Head Start / Early Start is a free comprehensive child development and family support program for infants through preschool and child care programs. The program also includes home visits, parent and child activities, health screenings, meals, some transportation, opportunities to volunteer and parent involvement activities. Some programs operate year-round.
To be eligible for the program, the parent must be pregnant or have a child who was born on or after September 2, 2010. Families must live in mid or east Multnomah County outside of Portland Public Schools. The family must meet one of the following criteria:
- receive TANF, SSI or;
- be homeless or;
- have income below federal poverty guidelines or;
- child is in foster care.
If you're interested in applying, there is a sign-up event on Monday, June 1, from noon to 6pm at MHCC Maywood Campus (10100 NE Prescott St., Portland, OR 97220). Child care will be provided while you complete an application. Call 503-491-6111 if transportation is needed to this event or you cannot attend and are interested in other options to register.