Our Services

Program Options

Mt. Hood Community College Head Start and Early Head Start serves low-income families with young children who live East Multnomah County, in the Parkrose, David Douglas, Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Corbett school districts. Special programs are available for working parents and parents who are students at Mt. Hood Community College.

Head Start

    Part Day, Part Year:

  • For children 3-5 years old
  • 3.5 hour classrooms, Monday – Thursday (4 days a week)
  • Classroom open from September to June
  • Learn-by-playing approach to building social and emotional development
  • Structured classroom time including group time, free choice time, and daily time spent outside
  • Assigned Family Worker to support parent education, parent-child activities, health screenings, and resources
    7-Hour Classroom, Part Year:

  • For children 3-5 years old
  • 7 hour classroom, Monday – Friday (5 days a week)
  • Classroom open from September to June
  • Learn-by-playing approach to building social and emotional development
  • Structured classroom time including group time, free choice time, and daily time spent outside
  • Assigned Family Worker to support parent education, parent-child activities, health screenings, and resources
    Full Day, Full Year – Student Program and ERDC Classrooms:

  • For children ages 6 months to 5 years old
  • 8.5 hours per day
  • Classroom open all year
  • Learn-by-playing approach to building social and emotional development
  • Structured classroom time including group time, free choice time, and daily time spent outside
  • Assigned Family Worker to support parent education, parent-child activities, health screenings, and resources
  • For full-time students of Mt. Hood Community College or families receiving Employment Related Daycare (ERDC) subsidy.

Early Head Start

    Home Based:

  • For pregnant parents and children 0-3 years old
  • Provides weekly, 90-minute visits with a family support specialist in the home
  • Focuses on child development activities and parenting skills
  • Twice a month group socialization with other children and families in the program
  • Assigned Family Worker to support parent education, parent-child activities, health screenings, and resources
    Combo Model:

  • For children who are 2 by September 1st
  • Twice a week, 4-hour classes.
  • Twice a month education visits with the teacher in the home
  • Assigned Family Worker to support parent education, parent-child activities, health screenings, and resources
    Full Day, Full Year – Student Program and ERDC Classrooms:

  • For children ages 6 months to 3 years old
  • 8.5 hours per day, Monday – Friday (5 days)
  • Classes are open year-round
  • Free supplies, including diapers and formula/li>
  • Assigned Family Worker to support parent education, parent-child activities, health screenings, and resources
  • For full-time students of Mt. Hood Community College or families receiving Employment Related Daycare (ERDC) subsidy
    Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP):

  • For children ages 6 weeks through 3 years old
  • Full-day year-round child care services
  • EHS-CCP services provided within local child care centers and certified family child care homes
  • For working families receiving child care subsidy (ERDC or TANF/Jobs)
  • For pregnant and teen parents, including fathers, currently attending high school.
Please Note:
Language Specific Classrooms are available for Burmese and Spanish. Language Specific Caseloads are offered in Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

If you have any questions or need more information about our programs, please call our main line 503-491-6111.

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible for our program if you are pregnant or have children under 5 years old by September 1st and you

  • Receive TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, SNAP Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (Oregon Trail Card), or SSI Supplemental Security Income benefits, or
  • Are houseless or experiencing housing instability, or
  • Have an income below the Federal Income Guidelines, or
  • Have a child in foster care
Please Note:
For the Full-Day Child Care Program, families must also be working and receiving a child care subsidy or be a full time MHCC student.

Start Now or Make a Referral

Fill Out Your Pre-Application

If you are interested in our program and would like to receive child care services for your children, please fill out the pre-application form. We will contact you soon to finalize your application.

Refer Now

If you are working with a family who you would like us to contact to complete an application, please fill out our referral form and we will be in touch soon.

Our Locations

Mt. Hood Community College Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve families who live in East Multnomah County, in the Parkrose, David Douglas, Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Corbett school districts.

To learn more about a specific location, click on the colored location icons below! Use your mouse to click and drag the map and use your scroll function to zoom in and out. To filter between Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care Partnership program models, click on the arrow icon in the upper left corner of the map to expand the side bar. Then use the check boxes on the left side of the map to select or deselect the program models that will appear on the map.

Maywood Campus– Maywood Campus
Head Start locations– Head Start locations
Early Head Start locations– Early Head Start locations
Child Care Partnerships– Child Care Partnerships
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