United Community Action Network
Helping People, Changing Lives - Serving Douglas and Josephine Counties
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UCAN operates Douglas County's Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These programs provide a variety of services for you and your children.


UCAN Head Start prepares children ages 3-4 for school and life by improving their self-image and skills. Head Start provides half-day classes in many locations in Douglas County. Our experienced, highly qualified staff provide a variety of enjoyable activities that help children improve their math and reading skills, and other skills that improve their ability to learn and thrive. If you are pregnant or the parent of a newborn, infant or toddler (age 0-2), our Early Head Start program staff are available to work with you to support your family's and your child's development. 


Our staff focus on ensuring that your children have a healthy start to life. We hold a Health Fair for enrolled children in the fall. During the Fair, children receive a developmental screening, visit with a doctor and visit with a dentist. Our goal is to ensure that your children end up with a medical and dental "home", a place where you know they will obtain the care they need. We also work with you to overcome any barriers to get to needed doctor and dentist appointments, and can provide transportation to appointments.


Healthy food and healthy eating habits are key to your child's success in school and life. All participating children receive nutritious food while they are in our care. The food is prepared in our own kitchen. We also provide you with information and tips so that you can prepare healthier food for your children.

See our menu options here.

Family Services

We know that parent's play the most important role in their children's life. We work to support your efforts to best help your child so they are healthy, happy, and ready for school. We meet with you at your home to offer:

-encouragement and support for your family's personal growth

-information about resources, services and opportunities in your community

-opportunities to take part in program activities, workshops, field trips and other family-oriented events

-opportunities to improve your own skills by helping out in the classroom, speaking out on behalf of your child, and providing input on how our program should be run.


We provide quality transportation service to many children and families participating in our program. Each year, our staff develops bus routes to serve as many children as possible and provide stops that are most convenient. When your children are riding on a Head Start bus, staff provide activities that connect with what they are learning at home and at school. We also offer you and your children education about pedestrian and school bus safety. As mentioned above, we also offer high quality transportation to medical and dental appointments as needed.

Qualifying for Head Start/Early Head Start

Your child may be eligible for Head Start services if they or your family meet one of the following criteria:

-your family income is at or below Federal Poverty guidelines

-your family is receiving certain types of public assistance

-your child is a foster child

-your family is homeless

Head Start can also serve some children with special needs who would otherwise not qualify for the program.

Applicants for Head Start must be 3-4 years old by September 1st of the year of application. Applicants for Early Head Start must either be a pregnant woman, or have children ages birth-3.

To apply online, click here.

If you would like, you can download an application here.

Para aplicar en español en el internet, haga clic aquí.

Para una applicacion en Espanol, por favor, va aqui.

If you would like to be considered for Head Start/Early Head Start even though you may not otherwise qualify, you may use the application to describe the special challenges and circumstances of you family.

For further information about the program, such as whether you qualify or how to enroll, please call (541) 673-6306.

Head Start in Josephine County

Southern Oregon Head Start offers Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in locations throughout Josephine County. To learn more about their programs, you can call (541) 734-5150 or visit their website.