Meet the Need
Our expansion project will help us serve more Head Start families with longer classroom hours, resulting in higher child outcomes.
About the Campaign
Clackamas County Children's Commission is raising $1,140,000 for the final phase of construction for the River Road Campus. The results of this project include serving 20 additional preschool children for a total of 120 children. Some classes will expand hours of service from 3.5 hours a day to 7 hours per day with the additional classroom included in construction. All 120 children will expand their learning by enjoying the new outdoor nature environment.
Smooth operation requires that the organization has adequate facilities for confidential meetings, easy access to records and files, and sufficient work space for managers and staff to maintain a team approach to the program.
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.
2003: Building purchase on three acres of land and renovation of the church to house two classrooms, a kitchen/cafeteria and offices.
2007: Added two additional classrooms, a gymnasium, storage and bathrooms. Ran out of funds to finish the new offices and classroom.
2010: Administration needed to move their offices to River Road so one of the classrooms was converted to offices.
2018: Startup funding granted through a Community Development Block Grant to finish the campus. Capital campaign begins.
Summer 2019 Project completion expected.
Funding for the Project
The cost for the River Road Expansion is $1,140,000; this includes architect and engineering fees, landscaping, and building construction. CCCC has developed a diverse funding plan to raise the needed funds from a variety of sources.
Clackamas County has seeded our building fund through a Community Development Block Grant, totaling $350,000. These grant monies will serve as matching funds as we approach individual donors, private corporations, and private foundations for support.
What Head Start Parents Are Saying
“Clancy did not speak a single word of the English language before she came to America; she is kind of shy too. After almost a full year of Head Start, she now speaks a full sentence of English and understands basic English words on a daily basis. Head Start prepared her to be ready to enroll in Kindergarten for next year. I would like to thank her Teachers for helping her achieve her next grade level: Kindergarten.
“Chloe’s classroom experience went above and beyond what a typical Kindergarten would, and should, look like. I feel so lucky that Chloe was able to be a part of the Head Start program, and I truly believe that any child who is fortunate enough to be a part of the program will benefit by leaps and bounds in order to be prepared, socially and academically, once they enter grade school.”
“My journey with CCCC began six years ago, when I was a single, first-time parent, without a job or a college degree. I feel lucky that my kids and I have been welcomed into Head Start, and I am sure I would not have a degree, or a career, if my kids hadn’t started attending Early Head Start six-years ago.
Donate to the Campaign
Help us expand and meet the need for children and parents in Clackamas County.
Our financial goal to reach is $1,140,000.