Head Start * Early Head Start * Preschool Promise


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Neighborhood House's early childhood programs provide an opportunity for participants to learn, grow, and thrive in supportive environments that emphasize parents as teachers and child-led learning. Our programs promote parental engagement, provide guidance about child development, and emphasize family health, wellness, and resiliency. By teaching school-readiness skills to eligible children, including those with disabilities or special needs, our community's children and families become stronger for life. 

Early Head Start Home-Based Program

  • Home-based assistance for ages 0-3.
  • See income guidelines.*
  • Weekly 1.5-hour parent/child educational home visits.
  • Twice-monthly play groups.
  • Health education and screenings.
  • Connection to community resources.
  • Family engagement activities.
  • Available to families in West Multnomah County.

Early Head Start Native American Childcare Program

  • For ages 0-3.
  • See income guidelines.*
  • 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Working or student families.
  • Health education and screenings.
  • Connection to community resources.
  • Family engagement activities.
  • Located in North Portland, serving families in Multnomah County.

Head Start

  • For ages 3-kindergarten.
  • See income guidelines.*
  • 3.5-hour classes, with morning or afternoon option, Monday through Thursday.
  • Health and education screenings.
  • Connection to community resources.
  • Family engagement activities.
  • Serving families in West Multnomah County.

Preschool Promise

  • For ages 4-kindergarten.
  • See income guidelines.*
  • 6-hour classes, Monday through Friday.
  • Working or student families.
  • Health and education screenings.
  • Connection to community resources.
  • Family engagement activities.
  • Serving families in West Multnomah County.
 
 

Why is early learning so important?

Decades of research have shown that the first five years of a child's life are crucial for building the brain that shapes that child's future. High-quality early learning experiences are predictors of health, happiness, growth, development, and school achievement. Children who experience a quality early childhood learning environment (at home and at childcare/preschool) are more likely to show up to kindergarten:
  • Ready to learn.
  • Able to focus in the classroom, since their social, emotional, and cognitive development is on track.
  • Able to transition from one activity to the next.
  • Able to recognize letters and numbers, putting them on the path to a lifetime of literacy and reading.
  • Make third-grade proficiency benchmarks, an important indicator of high school graduation.

Long-term benefits include being more likely to:
  • Graduate high school.
  • Attain higher paying wages as an adult.
  • Make positive health choices as an adult.
  • Have positive relationships as an adult.


Volunteer Opportunities
 

Parent and community volunteers are a vital component of the Head Start program! We offer many different volunteer opportunities, and we so appreciate the support of our dedicated volunteers.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities in our Head Start programs.