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Head Start of Yamhill County

Head Start offers services for children in a comprehensive, family-focused, early childhood development program. Our preschool program serves children ages 3 to 5 in full- or half-day options (some year-round) and focuses on setting children up for success in school and life. Our Early Head Start program is a year-round program for children ages birth to 3 years and pregnant moms.

This program is intended to nurture and support strong parent/ child bonds and help young children grow and develop. Families receive home visits to provide information about child development and resources for the family. Families are also given the opportunity to join family social events. For children 2 to 3 years of age, in addition to home visits, we offer the opportunity for classroom experiences twice per week for 3.5 hours to help them be ready to join the classroom once they transition to the preschool program.

Newberg Center, Sheridan Center, Michael Eichman Center, and Lafayette Center
Licensed Childcare Center
Pregnant mother and children under 24 months of age by September 1st: Weekly home visits and up to 26 socialization groups for participants. Toddlers: 2 days a week for 3.5 hours each day and 2 home visits a month. – 3 years old by September 1st : 4 days a week for 4 hours each day. – 4 years old by September 1st : 4 days a week for 4-6 hours each day (depends on the availability of 6 hour classes) Some 6-hour classes offered year-round
Limited but included

Eligibility Requirements

130% FPL income limit

This program is for families at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level; those experiencing homelessness and foster care are automatically eligible.

Household100% FPL130% FPL200% FPL
2 People$20,440$26,572$40,880
3 People$25,820$33,566$51,640
4 People$31,200$40,560$62,400
5 People$36,580$47,554$73,160
6 People$41,960$54,548$83,920
7 People$47,340$61,542$94,680
8 People$52,720$68,536$105,440
2024 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Chart

Automatic Eligibility

You’re automatically eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start if you meet any of these criteria:
• You’re within the Federal Poverty Guidelines
• You’re receiving TANF, SNAP, or SSI benefits
• You have a child in foster care
• You meet specific living situation requirements

Age Restriction

For the preschool program, your child needs to be 3 years old by September 1st of the current year, and not turning 5 before that same date.

Early Head Start

For Early Head Start, pregnant women of any age qualify. If you have a child, they need to be between 0-3 years old and not turning 3 before September 1st of the current year.

Steps to Enrollment

Complete the Application

Fill out this application form to get started with the process.

Provide Income Proof

Submit documentation to show your income, which can be your latest tax return, W-2s, a recent pay stub with year-to-date totals, or an SSI or Unemployment Award letter.

Contact for More Information or Assistance

If you’re interested in more details, click this link and specify the best days and times to reach you. For any questions or help with the application, call 503-472-2000.

Required Documents

Make sure you have the following documents available when applying.

For income verification

To verify eligibility based on income, program staff must use tax forms, pay stubs, or other proof of income to determine the family income for the relevant time period.

Public Assistance

Providing an award letter if the family is receiving TANF, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), or SNAP.

Head Start Locations

  • 2813 Crestview Drive
    Newberg, Oregon 97132
  • 1500 W Main Street
    Sheridan, Oregon 97378)
  • 813 NE 2nd Street
    McMinnville, Oregon 97128
  • 585 3rd St.
    Lafayette, OR 97127