Oregon Head Start PreKindergarten
The Oregon Head Start PreKindergarten (OPK) program was established in 1987 as the state counterpart to the federal Head Start program. The state’s Department of Education and the regional Head Start office govern the program collaboratively. OPK adheres to all federal Head Start Performance Standards.
OPK was established to serve every three and four year old whose family income was below 100 percent of the federal poverty threshold. State funding is granted to all federal Head Start programs in the state as well as private and community providers and schools that meet the program requirements. Current funding levels only enable the joint federal-state program to serve 60 percent of eligible three and four year olds living in poverty.