Nonprofit Worries About Govt. Shutdown

CORVALLIS, Ore. — One local nonprofit says it has enough funding until the end of this year, but it worries that federal funding will not be available beginning January 1. Kidco Head Start, a nonprofit that serves low-income and special needs kids in Linn and Benton Counties, says over half of its income is federal … Continue reading »

High-Cost Preschool Limits Enrollment

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon ranks as the second most expensive state for public preschools in the country. The high cost of preschool is forcing the state to limit the number of three and four-year-old children enrolled in preschool programs, like Head Start. Preschool is important for childhood development; but as the cost of educating children … Continue reading »

Head Start Advocates Protest Sequester

EUGENE, Ore. — Local Head Start advocates demonstrated outside of Representative Peter DeFazio’s office Friday to tell the congressman they are not happy about the effect the sequester will have on Head Start programs. For event organizer and parent Aloma Murray, Head Start is a family affair. “I just felt like it was really important … Continue reading »

Santa Gets Head Start on Christmas

EUGENE, Ore. — Santa got a head start on Christmas Wednesday at a local Head Start. He and some of his helpers dropped off a mountain of socks and hats to the kids there. The items were collected during Guaranty Chevrolet’s 8th annual sock and hat drive. Over those eight years, Guaranty employees and customers … Continue reading »