Looking for a way to get involved in our school?

One Hour Can Make a Difference in the Life of a Child!

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) offers an exciting opportunity for parents, grandparents, and community members at large to get involved at the River Road and Gladstone Head Start centers. Do you have one-hour-once a week that you could volunteer? SMART might be a great fit for you. Spend one-hour-once a week reading with children. Help support children in their reading efforts, provide encouragement, provide understanding, and have some fun!

Visit "SMART" today to learn more.

Click here to fill out the volunteer application.

  • Head Start's Mission...

    Head Start

    To support the growth of strong, healthy families and to provide young children with a head start in school readiness.

  • Early Head Start's Mission...

    Early Head Start

    To promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance development of very young children and promote healthy family functioning.

  • Healthy Families Mission...

    Healthy Families of Clackamas County

    To promote & support positive parenting, healthy growth and development of all Clackamas County parents and their first-born children.

About Head Start

CCCCHS is a non-profit organization that serves 3 and 4 year-old children of low-income families residing in Clackamas County. Head start does not charge any fees. We provide quality pre-school education, nutritious meals, regular health screenings including dental, vision, and hearing, mental health staff, and family services including home visits.

About Early Head Start

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is simple:

  • to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women
  • to enhance the development of very young children, and
  • to promote healthy family functioning.

About Healthy Families

Parenting is one of the most important jobs a person will ever do. Yet, being a parent can be a tough job. As a new parent, you create the foundation for your baby’s future. Research shows that what happens during the first three years of life can last a lifetime. Having your first child brings lots of changes. Every new parent has questions and can use some extra support. That is why Healthy Families of Clackamas County is here.

2014 Community Impact Award

We Do A Lot More Than Preschool!

  • Little Boy SillhouetteEach Head Start center has a cook who serves family-style, USDA meals for breakfast and lunch.
  • All children receive vision, dental, hearing, and developmental screenings.
  • There is no fee to participate in Head Start.
  • Our preschool classes focus on the skills that children will need to succeed in Kindergarten, including social emotional, cognitive, physical and language development.

Learn More About Head Start

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