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GIVING HOMELESS KIDS A HEAD START IN OREGON. OREGON HEAD START PREKINDERGARTEN History. 1965 federal Head Start – War on Poverty Increase social competence -- child’s everyday effectiveness in present environment and later in life

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oregon head start prekindergarten history
OREGON HEAD START PREKINDERGARTENHistory

1965 federal Head Start – War on Poverty

  • Increase social competence -- child’s everyday effectiveness in present environment and later in life
  • Interrelatedness of social, emotional, cognitive and physical development
  • Children develop in the context of family and culture
  • Parents as primary educators of their children
  • 1987 Oregon Prekindergarten -- replica of federal Head Start (20% over income versus 10%)
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OREGON HEAD START PREKINDERGARTEN
  • Early Childhood Development and Health Services
  • Child Health and Development Services
  • Education & Early Childhood Development
  • Child Health & Safety
  • Child Nutrition
  • Child Mental Health
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OREGON HEAD START PREKINDERGARTEN

Family and Community Partnerships

Family Partnerships

Community Partnerships

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OREGON HEAD START PREKINDEREGARTEN

Program Design and Management

  • Program Governance
  • Governance and Management Responsibilities
  • Management and Systems Procedures
  • Human Resources Management
  • Facilities, Material and Equipment
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OREGON HEAD START PREKINDERGARTEN

Implementation and Enforcement

  • Deficiencies and Quality Improvement Plans
  • Noncompliance
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OREGON HEAD START PREKINDERGARTEN
  • Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance
  • Head Start Staffing Requirements and Program Options
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OREGON HEAD START PREKINDERGARTEN

Services for Children with Disabilities

  • Disabilities Service Plan
  • Social Services Performance Standards
  • Health Services
  • Education Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Parent Involvement
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OREGON HEAD START PREKINDERGARTEN

Eligibility -- lower than free lunch!

  • 100% of poverty
  • Family of three -- $17,170 annually or $1,431 per month
  • Family of Four -- $20,650 annually or

$1,721 per month

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Oregon Head Start PreK
  • 21 jointly funded grantees
  • 8 state funded grantees
  • 5 Tribal Head Start
  • 1 Migrant/Seasonal Head Start (serving eleven counties)
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Oregon Head Start PreK

Diverse Service Delivery ---

  • 13 Private Non-profits
  • 7 Community Action Agencies
  • 3 Higher Education
  • 5 Local Education Agencies
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Giving Homeless Kids a Head Start
  • Homeless kids and their parent/s living with friends -- multiple families living in one home
  • Homeless kids and their parent/s living with grandparents and/or other relatives
  • Homeless kids and their parents living in cars and campgrounds
  • Kids and parents that become homeless
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Neighborhood House Head Start PreK, SW Portland – Multnomah County
  • Turning Point, Transitional Housing Project for homeless families (6 to 18 months) – classroom, office space, playground, classroom furniture
  • Morning and afternoon classes
  • Head Start located in Transitional Housing Project - children attend and parents participate in Head Start
  • If children move out, families can self-transport and keep children in Head Start or Head Start will assist them in getting into a Head Start in their new area
  • Contact: Angela Deparini, Head Start Manager

(503) 729-8690

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Migrant/Seasonal Head Start PreKOregon Child Development CoalitionSilverton/Mt. Angel -- Marion County
  • St. Joseph Shelter – provides clothing and food for families and activities for children
  • Started seven years ago
  • Recruit at the Shelter for enrollment in Head Start – flyers, phone and Shelter’s staff meetings, provides transportation to and from Shelter to Head Start site
  • Refer families to the Shelter for housing
  • Joint case management to assist with finding stable housing and transition to other Head Start site if they move out of service area
  • Contact: Sister Marcella, Case Manager for Homeless Families (503) 845-6147
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Salem/Keizer Public School Head Start PreK, Salem -- Marion County
  • Refers homeless children to Community Action Head Start of Marion and Polk Counties -- YWCA Salem Outreach Shelter Site
  • Partners with the Salem/Keizer School District’s Homeless Department for joint recruitment of homeless children -- school district homeless liaison’s go out to the Shelters in the Salem/Keizer School District area and notify Head Start if age eligible children are in the Shelters
  • Contact: Stephanie Whetzel, Head Start Coordinator (503) 399-5510
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South Coast Head Start PreKCoos Bay -- Coos and Curry Counties
  • Women Crisis Shelter -- referral to Head Start if there are age eligible children
  • Head Start provides transportation to and from the Shelter
  • If family moves out of service area, they can self-transport or transfer to another Head Start site
  • Informal joint case management for referral and advocacy
  • Contact: Dale Hellend, Head Start Director

(541) 888-3717

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Oregon State University Head Start PreKCorvallis -- Benton County
  • School District’s Homeless Education Program serves as hub -- part of homeless network for families already homeless, families who are going to be homeless, families in the process of finding stable housing
  • Recruitment - work with SD Liaison/Family Outreach Advocate, serve as initial referral sources and responders to referrals
  • Assistance - payment for gas, purchase of bus passes, health assessments as soon as possible upon enrollment, coordinate with other Head Start to provide best placement considering transportation options
  • Contact: Joanne Sorte, Head Start Director

(541) 737-2516

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Head Start of Lane CountyEugene, Oregon
  • First Place Family Center, St. Vincent De Paul -- day center for homeless families, licensed child care center foe preschool age and drop-in child care
  • EC Cares places children with disabilities and U of O provides graduate students
  • This fall, Head Start will place six homeless children there -- provides bus passes
  • Move to other sites, if needed -- keep in current site if waiting list
  • Contact: Jake Spavins, Child Care Director

(541) 342-7728

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Community Action Head Start Marion and Polk Counties, Salem
  • Head Start for Homeless Collaborative Project -- research, common goal of self-sufficiency, evaluation to measure project outcomes
  • YMCA/Salem Outreach Shelter -- Head Start is located in the Shelter, renovated to accommodate a Head Start classroom/playground by pooling resources; space shared during non-operation of Head Start
  • 15 children in morning and afternoon classes, can accommodate 20 to allow flexibility to enroll as needed
  • Head Start Family Educator and SD Homeless Liaison – referral and service coordination
  • Bus passes donated each month, health and mental health for families without insurance, support group for parents, transportation provided regardless of location
  • When move to stable housing, families can chose to continue in Outreach site or transfer to another site
  • Contacts: Heather Simmons and Eva Pignottie

(503) 581-1152