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Early Head Start

Head Start at United Community Action Network

Our Early Head Start program supports the growth of children from newborn through age 2, as well as those who are pregnant, with services centered around early learning, children’s growth, health, and family well-being. Early Head Start offers center and home based options. Our staff are active in working with families, because we know that children do best when their families take part in the entire program.


Whether in the home, or in a center, your child learns the skills they need to succeed later in life. These skills are similar to those learned by Head Start children, and include things like improving social and language skills. If you are pregnant, you learn how to support healthy pregnancies, what to expect after you give birth and how best to support your infant.

Early Head Start also provides your child:

  • Dental checkups,
  • Screenings to see if they have special needs,
  • Vision and hearing checkups,
  • Healthy snacks, breakfasts and lunches.

Note that Early Head Start does not offer busing to children going to centers.

If you are pregnant, Early Head Start provides you:

  • Support to obtain healthcare,
  • Referrals for other needed services,
  • Newborn visit for parent and infant,
  • Support to obtain Head Start services for the infant.

Fathers also receive information about pregnancy, healthy families, and program options for newborns.

Your family can attend fun family events. You can learn to lead by joining our Policy Council.

To Qualify

You can obtain our Early Head Start services if:

  • You have children newborn through two years old, or you are pregnant,
  • Your family meets income guidelines (there are times when even if you don’t, a child can still qualify), and,
  • You live in Douglas County (if you live in Josephine County, we have info below for other resources).

We do keep a wait list, but we work to get you into the program all year long. If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact us at (541) 673-6306. We are happy to work with you to see if we can get you or your child enrolled.

Our Process

1. We take applications all year.

2. Once we receive an application, we call you.

3. We set up a time to meet.

4. When we meet, items we need to review are:
5. After the meeting, we mail you a notice, letting you know that you or your child are on our waitlist.

Where We Offer Classes

If You Live In Douglas County

We have centers for Early Head Start children in Roseburg and Sutherlin. We offer home based service throughout Douglas County.

If You Live In Jospehine County

You can receive Early Head Start services from Southern Oregon Head Start. To learn more, click here