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Early Head Start (0-35 months)

If you have a child 0-35 months (has not turned 3 years of age by September 1st of the current enrollment year) you may qualify for one of the following parts of our Early Head Start program which operates year round.

The Early Head Start (EHS) program is for low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. EHS programs enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; assist pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care; support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and help parents move toward self-sufficiency.

Child care is a top concern and challenge for parents of children in Early Head Start (EHS) programs. EHS staff and home visitors can assist with collaborations with child care providers, and understanding the child care subsidy system.

The link between a pregnant woman's health and the health of her child is a well-established fact. Early and regular prenatal care, a healthy diet, exercise, and avoidance of stress, alcohol, and other harmful substances are a few things all mothers can do to ensure that their child will be born healthy. Early Head Start programs are in a unique position to support pregnant women and can offer this support through a combination of systems and services (as required by the Head Start Program Performance Standards).

Home Base Program | This program consists of weekly home visits to you and your child, socialization groups twice a month where you and your child interact with other parents and children in a classroom environment and Parent Groups. Limited transportation. Meals are provided for socialization.

Combination Program |  Children attend a classroom environment two days a week. Once a month parents and children have 'together time' in the classroom. Limited transportation. Parents also receive home visits twice a month.

Prenatal Program | This program consists of home visits during your pregnancy to provide education and support. Once the baby is born she/he is automatically enrolled in to one of the programs mentioned above.


Head Start (ages 3-4 years)

The Head Start program consists of these major components
• Special Education Services
• Education Services
• Family Services
• Health/Nutrition Services
•  Mental Health Services
• Parent Involvement.

Each child in the Head Start program will receive a screening in the following areas: cognitive development, motor development, speech and language, hearing and social emotional development. If there are concerns in any area, you will be notified and given information and resources to assist you and your child.

Our educational team is here to support you in your role as your child's primary educator and works with you to establish and work on goals for your child's growth and development.

All children will have opportunities to learn and develop skills, through hands on learning activities, in the following areas of development: physical development and health, social and emotional development, approaches to learning, language development, literacy knowledge and skills, science knowledge and skills, creative arts and expression, logic and reasoning, social studies knowledge and skills and English language development.

Head Start staff members are advocates in obtaining necessary services for all enrolled families and will develop Family Partnership Goals with each family.

We also provide the following:
• Assistance in accessing community health resources
• Treatment planning with RN available for children with chronic health conditions
• One meal and one snack each class day
• Nutrition education for families
• Individualized nutrition counseling
• Wellness education for families and children including safety and stress reduction.
• Assistance in accessing counseling and parenting support.

If you have a child that is 3 or 4 years of age by September 1 of the current enrollment year you may qualify for one of the following Head Start program options.

Part Day Program | This program operates September-June, four days a week (Monday-Thursday) for 3 1/2 hour sessions AM or PM. The focus is on kindergarten readiness. Families receive home visits and parent/teacher conferences. Limited transportation.

Full Day Program | This option is for working or student families that need full day childcare. The program runs Monday-Friday, year round. Families receive home visits and parent/teacher conferences. No transportation provided.


Children with Disabilities

Since its earliest days, Head Start has been committed to including children with disabilities as full participants in center-based and home-based programs. Head Start values and respects families in all their diversity—language, culture, ability, and ethnicity—and recognizes the rights of children of differing abilities to be included as full members of their community.

HSOLC has a Disabilities Service Plan that outlines staff work with community partners to deliver services to children with disabilities and their families. We do our best to ensure that programs are ready and able to include children and adults with disabilities in all activities. We also provide information and support that enables staff to contribute to program-wide efforts to effectively include children with disabilities and their families. Learn more



For families who are interested, transportation is available at many of our half-day, Center Based programs.For drop off at a childcare provider you use, the provider must be on your child's bus route.


Meal Services

Head Start of Lane County's Central Kitchen serves approximately 20,000 meals a year. The remaining meals are provided through school districts or on site cooks for rural areas.

The monthly menu used all at Head Start of Lane County centers meets all of the USDA requirements, offering a variety of low fat, cholesterol, sugar, and sodium foods with plenty of vegetables, fruits, and grain products.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex , disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form , (AD- 3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of theinformation requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

fax: (202) 690-7442, or


This institution is an equal opportunity provider

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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