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Helping People, Changing Lives - Serving Douglas and Josephine Counties
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How UCAN Head Start/Early Head Start Can Help

UCAN operates Douglas County's Early Head Start/Head Start programs. If you are pregnant, or have children between the ages of 0-5, and meet eligibility requirements, these programs can provide a number of services to help you.


UCAN Early Head Start/Head Start can help your children succeed in school and life by improving a wide range of skills. Our highly qualified instructional staff provide a variety of enjoyable learning activities to help your child develop and prepare them for school. Teachers work closely with you to determine goals to set for your child. Teachers are available not only to meet with you at a Center, they also meet with you at your home. They help you so you can best support your child as they learn and grow.


We work with you so that your children have a healthy start to life. We hold a Health Fair for enrolled children in the fall. During the Fair, children receive a developmental screening, and visit with a health and dental professional. Our goal is to ensure that your children end up with a medical and dental "home", a place where you know they will obtain the care they need. We also work with you to overcome any barriers so your children can get to doctor and dentist appointments.


Healthy food and healthy eating habits are key to your child's success in school and life. All participating children receive nutritious food while they are in our care. The food is prepared in our own kitchen. We also provide you with information and tips so that you can prepare healthy snacks and meals for your children.

To view daily menus, click here.

Family Services

We know that you play the most important role in your child's life. We work to support your efforts to best help your child so they are healthy, happy, and ready for school. We meet with you at your home to offer:

  • encouragement and support for your family's personal growth
  • information about resources, services and opportunities in your community
  • opportunities to take part in program activities, workshops, field trips and events
  • opportunities to improve your own skills by helping out in the classroom, speaking out on behalf of your child, and providing input on how our program should be run.


We offer quality transportation services to you and your children. If your child is in Head Start (ages 3-5), we provide bus service to school as long as you live more than one mile from the school. When your children ride on a Head Start bus, staff provide activities that connect with what your children are learning at home and at school. We also offer you and your children education about pedestrian and school bus safety. And we can also provide you transportation to medical and dental appointments if necessary.

To see locations of our Centers, click here.

Qualifying for Head Start/Early Head Start

Your child may be eligible for Early Head Start/Head Start services if they or your family meet one of the following criteria:

  • your family income is at or below Federal Poverty guidelines
  • your family is receiving certain types of public assistance
  • your child is a foster child
  • your family is homeless

Head Start can also serve some children with special needs who would otherwise not qualify for the program.

To apply online, click here.

If you would like, you can download an application here.

Para aplicar en español en el internet, haga clic aquí.

Para una applicacion en Espanol, por favor, va aqui.

If you would like to be considered for Early Head Start/Head Start even though you may not otherwise qualify, you may use the application to describe your family's special challenges and circumstances.

For further information about the program, such as whether you qualify or how to enroll, please call (541) 673-6306.

Head Start in Josephine County

Southern Oregon Head Start offers Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in locations throughout Josephine County. To learn more about their programs, you can call (541) 734-5150 or visit their website.

Other Help For Your Family

If you live in Douglas County and need other services for your family, you can read about other service providers in the directory found here.