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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.

"We are accepting applications for the 2021 - 2022 school year. Click below to apply."

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

 MHCC Child Development & Family Support Program Update May 2021:

We are planning a full return to in-person services for the upcoming 2021-2022 program year for Head Start and Early Head Start. We are looking forward to being back in our classrooms and continuing to work with the families in our community. We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC and Oregon Health Authority to ensure a focus on safety for everyone in our programs. We are currently accepting applications for next program year.



Full Day Full Year sites already opened

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


Gov. Kate Brown just announced that she has issued new rules pertaining to the rise of COVID-19 in the state, including a statewide indoor mask requirement. The requirement would go into effect Friday, Aug. 13.


The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) already requires staff and students to wear masks in all indoor K-12 school settings; the new mask mandate requires those in early childhood education facilities, community colleges and other educational institutions to do so as well.


Gov. Brown also announced that starting Oct. 18, state employees in the executive branch will be required to show proof of full vaccination status, with exceptions for religious or medical reasons. We have received questions about whether districts will enact similar requirements for school workers. In the press conference today, Gov. Brown encouraged public and private employers to follow suit, but at this time, the governor's office has not mandated vaccinations in schools. As with any changes to our working conditions, the impacts of any vaccination mandate would be subject to bargaining in our chapters. OSEA will continue to share updated information as soon as it is available.


OSEA members have diverse perspectives on masks, vaccines and other issues. As always, our union will advocate for workers to have the protections they need, a voice in the decision-making process in our workplaces and the safe reopening of Oregon schools. If you have questions or concerns about what is happening in your district, contact your chapter officers or OSEA field representative.




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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2021 Immunization Rates, Exclusion Graph.pdf
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National Head Start Association
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2019-20 Bus Boundary Map
MHCC Head Start Sites & Service Area in East Multnomah County
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