Head Start is recruiting 3- and 4-year-olds

08/19/2016

WARR artParents of three- and four-year-olds are encouraged to sign their children up for Head Start as soon as possible. 

 

Head Start is state and federally funded preschool program to prepare children for school. It offers programs that involve the whole child and whole family.

 

“Clatsop County is extremely fortunate to have three Head Start centers. We are able to serve 171 children and their families,” says Liz Visser, Head Start coordinator.

 

Head Start is currently taking applications in Clatsop County for the 2016-17 school year. Orientation will take place the week of Sept. 12, and children will start attending classes the following week.

 

Children must turn 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2016 to be accepted.

 

Eligibility includes families at or below the poverty level, those who are homeless, have children in foster care, receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

 

astoria staffParents are advised to apply right away and see if they qualify, rather than miss out on this opportunity, says Angelina Salisbury, new center manager at the Warrenton Head Start.

 

“We are looking for more students,” says Salisbury. “We want to reach out to the community and let people know what we do. We can help if there are transportation problems.”

 

Applications are available at all three Clatsop County sites:

Astoria: 503-325-5421

Warrenton: 503-861-9681

Seaside:  503-738-0873

Online: www.nworheadstart.org

 

State and federal laws ban discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability.

 

books and doughFamily involvement

 

Head Start is a whole family program that includes nutrition, education, home visitations and working with families to ensure medical and dental services for the enrolled child are up-to-date, U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved meals are served.

 

Parent involvement is a big part of the program. Parents are encouraged to help in the classroom, go on field trips with children, attend parent meetings, serve on the Policy Council and participate in workshops planned just for them.

 

Families can meet their transportation needs by working with Head Start staff on transportation planning, including site and classroom placement, by connecting with other families, using public transportation and/or working with center managers to utilize gas assistance vouchers.

 

classroomsThree centers

 

The Astoria Head Start Center is on the first floor of Gray School at 785 Alameda Ave. It has two classrooms serving up to 38 children. The Astoria site recruits’ families from the Astoria, Svensen and Knappa areas. Grace Robinson is the center manager.

 

The Warrenton Head Start Center is located behind the Warrenton Community Center at 200 S.W. Third St. It has four classrooms and can serve up to 76 children. The Warrenton site recruits’ families from the Warrenton and Hammond areas. The new center manager is Angelina Salisbury.

 

The Warrenton site is one of the largest centers in the program and was built in the late 1990s to accommodate children from the Hammond, Warrenton, Astoria and Knappa areas. Astoria families also have the opportunity to attend the Warrenton center. The program aims to meet the needs of families and place children in classrooms that are diverse both in ethnicity and age.

 

The Seaside Head Start Center is located at 1225 Second Ave. The Seaside center recruits’ families from the Seaside, Cannon Beach and Gearhart areas. This site has three classrooms and serves up to 57 children. Raedetta Castle is the center manager.

 

Call the numbers listed above with any questions regarding the Head Start program, or the application process.