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ALERT: All MHCC Head Start Programs, Campuses and Offices are closed to public. All classes moved online.
Sorry we apologize for inconvenience.
Please call us at 503-491-6111 for any questions. We will reopen as soon as situation permits.
In-office applications can be done only by appointments.

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10100 NE Prescott · Portland, OR 97220-3555
Phone (503) 491-6111 · FAX (503) 491-6112

September 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Community Members,

                Spring and summer have been scary and challenging for all of us.  Recent events have been exhausting and overwhelming, whether it is events in Kenosha, WI; hurricanes; wildfires; protesting social injustice, or the pandemic it all causes anxiety, fear, anger, and uncertainty. It is a time more than ever for us to open our hearts and to support each other. This means supporting children and families, which includes our staff’s children and families.

With the public schools providing virtual services, it places a burden on all families to figure out how to help educate their children while also returning to work to support their families. Many of our teachers have expressed concern in how they will be able to return to work while also teaching their own children. Many parents have expressed concern in how they can return to work without their child in Head Start. We also have parents who want to keep their children at home during the pandemic. It is impossible to meet everyone’s needs at the same time.

This fall we will be offering new and comprehensive virtual services for children and families through November 27th. This is subject to change depending upon the status of the pandemic in our community. We have had to delay starting our comprehensive virtual services until October 12th due to the wildfires.

To support our working families and student families that are in face to face classes or internships, we will have limited classrooms throughout our service area. Class size will be 8 for children under the age of 3 years and 10 for children who are 3-5 years. Due to the large volume of work in sanitizing classrooms and materials, we will be open 9-3:30 Monday thru Friday. This will give the staff time to complete all of the sanitization that is required for safety.

We will make every attempt to open up locations in our service area, see chart below. Being able to open these locations will depend upon several factors:

  1. Can we identify enough staff to safely provide services?
  2. Can we identify enough working and student families (in face to face classes or in person internships) who will bring their children on a regular basis?

These sites will open October 12th if we have enough interested families and enough staff to safely support these classrooms.



EHS and HS sites attempting to open October 12th

Early Childhood Center

1 HS class of 10 children and 1 EHS class of 8 children


1 HS class of 10 children and 1 EHS class of 8 children


1 HS class of 10 children and 1 EHS class of 8 children

Kelly Place/Willow Tree

1 HS class of 10 children and 1 EHS class of 8 children


2 HS class of 10 children and 1 EHS class of 8 children



Use of Personal Protections



Below are links to various resources for food, shelter, and information to assist you during our closure:

Community food resources

SnowCap Community Charities

Food pantry serving individuals and families in Gresham and East Multnomah County. 

Who qualifies: Multnomah County residents living east of 82nd. No income restrictions.

You will need to: If you are housed, provide proof of address dated within the last 30 days, such as a utility bill (electronic version on phone is fine). No other documents needed.

To get help:

  1. Come to SnowCap. Minimum to no contact is needed. One person at a time per family, please. Location and hours at
  2. Get a food box delivered to your home. Operation Gresham Connected is helping with deliveries; leave a message at 503-618-2111, request online at or email
    Questions: 503-674-8785 or
Birch Community Services

Food, clothing and household items as well as financial self-sufficiency classes and one-on-one counseling for enrolled participants.

Who qualifies: Working families who are not receiving SNAP or TANF, but struggling to make ends meet.
You will need to: Apply online, meet with the financial counselor. A monthly service fee and volunteer hours are required.

To get help: Apply online at or call 503-251-5431.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Food, nutrition resources and more to support parents and their young children.

Who qualifies: You could qualify for food assistance if you've lost income, and if you're pregnant, a new mom, or if you have a baby or young children under 5 years old. Open to dads, guardians and foster parents who can apply on behalf of their children.

You will need to: Apply via phone. You will need ID, proof of income and proof you are an Oregon resident.

To get help: Call 503-988-3503 or email

Free breakfast and lunch distribution sites for kids

Who qualifies: Kids 18 and under.

You will need to: Visit the site to pick up or call to arrange delivery.

To get help:

SNAP (food stamps)

Benefits you can use to purchase food at grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

Who qualifies: Those at 185% or less of federal poverty level. Example: A family of four making $3,970 or less a month.

You will need: Proof of income for the last 30 days or a financial aid letter if you are a student.

To get help: Learn more and sign up online at, call 503-320-6658 or email


Other food pantries are open in Gresham but might require that you apply through the Oregon Food Bank or enroll in a program. 211 can help you navigate through the resources that work best for you and your family. 

To get help: Call 2-1-1, email or text your zip code to 898211. Information is also online at

Takeout and delivery guide

The inclusion of the food and drink establishments is provided only as general information for the purposes detailed above and may be incomplete or outdated; the City of Gresham cannot and does not endorse or favor any business listed in this guide.

Gresham takeout and delivery guide

Below is a list of some community resources available in the Portland Metro Area. MHCC Head Start encourages you to visit or call for more resources or talk to your Family Worker.

Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder, and Recovery Support

Mental Health Crisis Lines

Recovery Support

Housing Resources

Unemployment Benefits Support 

Utility Information 

Free COVID-19 Testing 

At a Doctor's Office or Clinic

If you have a regular care provider, contact your doctor’s office or clinic to discuss whether you should be tested. 

If you think you might have COVID-19, be sure to call before you visit a clinic and let them know. They will tell you next steps so you don’t get others sick at the facility.

If you don't have a doctor, call 211 for help finding a clinic. They can help you even if you don't have health insurance. You can also call the Health Department's Primary Care Clinics at 503-988-5558 to enroll as a new patient.

Multnomah County Community Testing

No-cost testing is available by appointment for anyone with symptoms.  Limited testing may be available for people without symptoms. You don't need to be a Multnomah County patient. 

Call 503-988-8939 for an appointment or for more information. 

Location & Hours 

East County Health Center (parking lot)
600 NE 8th Street, Gresham [map]
Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Testing for people with symptoms ages 2 months and older, and specific risk groups. See who can be tested»

Walk-in only, no appointments. There may be a long wait if demand is high.

Visit the OHSU website or call 833-647-8222 for more information

Locations & Hours

Gordon Faber Recreation Center. Hillsboro Stadium
4450 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro [map
Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Portland Expo Center 
2060 N Marine Drive, Portland [map]
Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other Testing Locations

COVID-19 test site finder

This site finder, created by the Oregon Health Authority, lists locations including hospitals, state and county testing sites, private companies doing testing, and more. 

Some of these sites will only accept patients within their hospital systems or with certain insurance.


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