Together We Can Complete the Dream!
Our vision is a community in which all young children
have the best possible opportunity to succeed.
To bridge the achievement gap, children in poverty need a lot more than academic instruction. Head Start is a school-readiness program that narrows the achievement gap between children in poverty and those of higher incomes. By focusing on core competencies, our teachers systematically prepare children for educational success.
We are in the final phase of our capital campaign. The children currently on our waiting list could fill two classrooms but we do not have space to serve them.
Complete the Dream with us!
Head Start is a national school-readiness program that was created in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson as part of his “War on Poverty.” Recognizing the achievement gap between children in poverty and those of higher incomes, Head Start is designed to level the playing field for the most at-risk children. The results of Head Start are astounding. According to a study of Head Start graduates, Head Start increases earnings, employment, and family stability, and decreases grade repetition, special education, welfare dependency, and arrests.
To bridge the achievement gap, children in poverty need a lot more than academic instruction. Head Start addresses the many factors that contribute to school success, and provides services that prepare children to learn and grow. These services include health and developmental screenings, nutritious meals, home visits, mental health services, and referrals to community resources.
Clackamas County Children’s Commission (CCCC) was formed in 1972 to operate a Head Start program, and has proven itself as a stable resource for families in need. In 2007, we received funding for 86 Early Head Start children ages zero until three. Our mission is to support the growth of healthy children and families, positive parenting and school readiness. Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start serves 714 children throughout the county in its 11 Head Start centers.
Head Start targets its services to families who earn less than the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), although Head Start eligibility may also be met if the child has special needs or is in foster care, homeless, or if the family receives certain types of public assistance. Every attempt is made to enroll those with the highest needs, as poverty frequently exists in tandem with other problems. We consider risk factors such as lack of health and dental care, inadequate nutrition, prenatal literacy levels, domestic violence, long-term poverty and social isolation.
In the 2017-1018 school year, 21% of our enrolled students were determined to have a disability, most often a speech or language impairment. Thirty-five percent of our students were Hispanic and 34% spoke Spanish in the home, reflecting a trend in our county’s demographics.
How will the facility benefit the community?
- Preparing Clackamas County’s future generations to enter school ready to learn
- Aiding businesses who need to attract and retain employees
- Meeting the area’s growing need for child care close to home and work
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Help us expand and meet the need for children and parents in Clackamas County.
Our financial goal to reach in our final phase is $1,117,000.