Kidco Head Start

Kidco Head Start Kidco Head Start's mission is to provide a comprehensive Early Childhood program that enhances children's development and supports families.
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Head Start's educational approach places emphasis on hands on learning through play. Staff members work with families to assist with needs such as medical care and counseling. There are many opportunities for parents to be involved in the program.

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We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year.  We have openings in our home based program for p...
08/25/2021

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year.
We have openings in our home based program for pregnant families and those with kiddos under 3 as well as in our center based programs for ages 6 weeks until kiddos are ready to begin kindergarten!
To apply, scan the QR code below or visit our webpage at www.kidcoheadstart.org and click on the recruitment request button.

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08/24/2021

Photos from Greater Albany Public Schools's post

08/24/2021

Most Oregonians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive emergency allotments in September. The federal government has approved emergency allotments every month since March 2020. This gives SNAP recipients additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is in a news release: https://go.usa.gov/xF6dv

Emergency allotments will be available on Sept. 11 for current SNAP households. New SNAP households will receive the emergency allotments Sept. 30 or Oct. 2.

SNAP recipients do not have to take any action to receive these supplemental benefits as they will be issued directly on their EBT cards.

Learning to Write and Draw
08/24/2021
Learning to Write and Draw

Learning to Write and Draw

For very young children, there are four stages of drawing and writing that you may see as your child grows from 15 months to 3 years old. By offering repeated fun experiences with a variety of art and writing materials, you will see forward progress over time.

Helping Young Children With Sharing
08/23/2021
Helping Young Children With Sharing

Helping Young Children With Sharing

Learning to share with grace is a long process. Here's how to turn moments of struggle into rich opportunities to help children learn critical skills.

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08/23/2021

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DYK? Belly breathing or deep breathing exercises are a proven way to reduce stress.

Find strategies for reducing stress here: https://buff.ly/2AILXau

08/17/2021

ENG: DEQ and its partners have issued an air quality advisory for most of Oregon due to wildfire smoke and ozone (aka smog) pollution. The advisory lasts through noon on Monday.

Many areas across the state are affected, so we ask that you visit the Oregon Smoke information Blog at www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com to learn more. You can also go there to read about how to protect yourself and your loved ones during this time of poor air quality.

Be sure to check the Air Quality Index throughout the weekend for times when local air quality may be in the green. That is a good time to open windows to bring fresh air into your home. Visit https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map.

ES: DEQ y sus socios han emitido un aviso de calidad del aire para la mayor parte de Oregon debido al humo de los incendios forestales y la contaminación por ozono (también conocido como smog). El aviso dura hasta el mediodía del lunes.

Muchas áreas del estado se ven afectadas, por lo que le pedimos que visite el Blog de Información sobre el Humo de Oregon en https://oregonsmoke-es.blogspot.com/. También puede ir allí para leer sobre cómo protegerse y proteger a sus seres queridos durante este período de mala calidad del aire.

Asegúrese de consultar el Índice de calidad del aire durante el fin de semana para conocer los horarios en los que la calidad del aire local puede estar en verde. Ese es un buen momento para abrir las ventanas y traer aire fresco a su hogar. Visite https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map.

Counties and other organizations with Facebook accounts affected by this air quality advisory include:
Condados con cuentas de Facebook afectados por este aviso de calidad del aire:
Baker County Clackamas County, Oregon Clark County, WA Cowlitz County DEM (Department of Emergency Management) Cowlitz County Health & Human Services Crook County, Oregon Curry County, Oregon Deschutes County Douglas County Government Harney County, Oregon Hood River County Jackson County Oregon USA Jefferson County Oregon Josephine Co. Emergency Management - Get Ready Rogue Klamath County @KlamathTribes Lake County, Oregon Lane Regional Air Protection Agency Linn County, Oregon Marion County, Oregon Morrow County, Oregon Malheur County Health Department Multnomah County, Oregon Oregon Health Authority OHA en Español Skamania County, Washington SW Clean Air Agency City of Umatilla Wasco County Washington County, Oregon

#airquality #wildfires #smoke #ozone #smog #StaySafe
#CalidadDelAire #IncendiosForestales #Humo #MantenteSeguro

Becoming a Big Sister/Brother: Stories to Share
08/17/2021
Becoming a Big Sister/Brother: Stories to Share

Becoming a Big Sister/Brother: Stories to Share

Welcoming a new baby to the family is a big transition—even more so when your new addition makes your toddler a big sister or big brother.

Oregon families receive money for school lunches
08/16/2021
Oregon families receive money for school lunches

Oregon families receive money for school lunches

Last month Oregon started distributing three monthly payments of up to $408 per child to families. That money is to make up for the free or reduced cost meals that were lost during the last pandemic year.

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08/16/2021

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The way you talk and play with children helps them develop healthy emotions. Here are 15 ways to encourage children to support their social and emotional development. #HeadStartWorks https://buff.ly/2CeSQBP

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08/13/2021

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Today, we reported a record number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. COVID-19 is surging at an alarming rate and affecting loved ones all over the state.

We know this isn’t the August that many were expecting. With so many things changing, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest guidance (ow.ly/l8DG50FQ9nn) and to take good care of ourselves.

Take precautions to keep yourself and your community safe from COVID-19 by wearing your mask, watching your distance, limiting your gatherings and washing your hands frequently.

Most importantly, if you are 12 or older and have yet to get vaccinated, schedule your appointment to do so: govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine. Vaccination remains the safest and most effective way to get back to doing the things we love.

We know there's a lot going on right now. Times of uncertainty can bring about feelings like fear and worry. These are normal feelings. If you want someone to talk to, call the Safe + Strong Helpline at 800-923-4357 (800-923-HELP), which offers free, 24-7 emotional support. You can also visit safestrongoregon.org for more mental health resources.

Photos from Benton County, Oregon's post
08/13/2021

Photos from Benton County, Oregon's post

08/13/2021

It's another hot week 🥵 Help us spread the word that cooling centers are available!

If you need shelter or potable water, call 2-1-1 at any time or search 211info's mobile app or website for “extreme heat cooling centers.”

Photos from Whiteside Theatre's post
08/12/2021

Photos from Whiteside Theatre's post

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08/12/2021

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August is Children’s Eye Health and Vision Safety Month. Check out the newest resource from the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety on vision screening and eye health for toddlers in Head Start programs. https://buff.ly/3rDB0Ru

#ChildrensEyeHealthAndSafetyMonth

08/12/2021

Mark your calendars! We are back!
What is Coffee with a Cop? Uh.....it is just coffee with a local cop. No agenda. No talking points.
The whole idea is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve. Stop by, grab a cup of coffee, ask that burning question or just say hi at The Brim Coffee at their new location downtown! See you then!

08/12/2021
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08/11/2021

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Kids Fishing Derby at Foster Lake on Saturday August 14th, 9:00 a.m.

Kids sign in 4-12 (12 year old must have fishing license) Bring a pole if you have one. Some loaner poles available. Hooks & bait supplied. Children must be accompanied by an Adult.

Gifts and Free Drawings Sponsored by Sweet Home Businesses and NW Fishing Wagon Adventure

Mobile Uploads
08/11/2021

Mobile Uploads

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08/10/2021

***English below***
Está interesado/a en aprender recetas más saludables, como ahorrar dinero y ser más físicamente activo/a? Usted participa en los programas de SNAP/Estampillas de comida, en WIC, en el Programa de Comidas Escolares, o en Head Start? ¡Entonces este taller es para usted!

Participe en clases virtuales los miércoles de 5-6pm empezando el 11 de agosto.

Cada participante que complete la serie se llevará una tarjeta de regalo de una tienda de comida con un valor de $30.00.

Si tiene interés, por favor llame a Diana Camacho al 541-257-7609.
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Interested in learning new healthy recipes, save money, and be more physically active? Do you participate in SNAP, WIC, School Meal program, or Head Start? Thank this workshop is for you! Contact 541-257-7609 for additional information.

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08/10/2021

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08/10/2021

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If you don’t qualify for Oregon Health Plan (OHP) and you don’t have insurance through your work, you can sign up for an individual or family plan at the Oregon Marketplace.

The deadline for 2021 coverage is Aug. 15.

To learn more, visit OregonHealthCare.gov or call 855-268-3767 (toll-free) to find free, local help.

08/10/2021

Did you know? Head Start children make progress towards norms in language, literacy, and math. Head Start children also score at the norm on letter-word knowledge by the end of the year. See more about the impacts of Head Start here: https://bit.ly/3rX8vyu

You can learn more information or enroll your child here: https://www.ohsa.net/enroll/

This last Saturday two of Kidco Head Start staff members Pam Woitt and Julie Lovell joined Linn County WIC and other loc...
08/10/2021

This last Saturday two of Kidco Head Start staff members Pam Woitt and Julie Lovell joined Linn County WIC and other local agencies to celebrate world breastfeeding week and shared information about Kidco Head Start's early childhood education program.
If you missed this great event and are looking for breastfeeding support and resources you can contact the Linn County WIC office at 541-967-3888
If you are interested in enrolling yourself (if you are pregnant), your infant, toddler or preschool aged child, we are currently accepting applications. For more information visit www.kidcoheadstart.org and complete and online recruitment request.

This last Saturday two of Kidco Head Start staff members Pam Woitt and Julie Lovell joined Linn County WIC and other local agencies to celebrate world breastfeeding week and shared information about Kidco Head Start's early childhood education program.
If you missed this great event and are looking for breastfeeding support and resources you can contact the Linn County WIC office at 541-967-3888
If you are interested in enrolling yourself (if you are pregnant), your infant, toddler or preschool aged child, we are currently accepting applications. For more information visit www.kidcoheadstart.org and complete and online recruitment request.

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08/05/2021

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Quiz time for National Children's Dental Health Month!

What is the best drink for kids' teeth?
A. Water
B. Fruit Juice
C. Sports drink

If you answered A. Water, you are correct! The other drinks contain a lot of sugar which can cause cavities.

Did you know that drinking water is super important? Instead of drinking sugary drinks, choose water! Sugary drinks include sodas, juices, energy/sports drinks, and more. They usually contain a lot of added sugar, which causes cavities in your teeth. Our bodies need water, and in fact, are made up of 60% water! Water regulates the body temperature, keeps joints healthy, nourishes the brain, and helps remove waste from the body. Help kids drink 4-8 cups of water a day!

Learn more at https://healthydrinkshealthykids.org/

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08/05/2021

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Local health care organizations meet regularly to talk about the status of COVID cases in our community.

The news today is that we are far from safe from COVID-19. Numbers of tests, cases, and those who are sick or hospitalized, are matching trends we haven't seen since Fall/Winter 2020.

Vaccination, masking, testing, washing hands, and staying home are tried and tested prevention methods to prevent spread and illness.

Please be part of the solution and keep yourself and our community safe!

08/04/2021
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08/04/2021

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We’ve entered another difficult time during the pandemic. Case counts have been increasing and recommendations on masking have changed once again.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a traumatic event and we are experiencing a response to that trauma. It’s natural to feel stress during times like these. Stress can cause feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, frustration or numbness. These feelings are natural responses to stress. Part of taking care of ourselves is paying attention to our feelings.

Stress may also cause physical reactions, such as:
◌ Changes in appetite, energy, desires and interests
◌ Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
◌ Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
◌ Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems and skin rashes
◌ Worsening of chronic health problems
◌ Worsening of mental health conditions
◌ Increased use of to***co, alcohol, and other substances

If you would like to talk with someone or to find more resources to support your mental health, you can call the Safe + Strong helpline at 800-923-HELP (4357), or visit safestrongoregon.org for a list of helplines.

Here are some healthy ways to cope with stress from the CDC. The CDC also has more information on coping with a traumatic event (ow.ly/D59f50FJRZ0).

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Kidco Head Start

Founded in 1965, Kidco Head Start's mission is to provide a comprehensive Early Childhood program that enhances children's development and supports families.

Kidco Head Start/Early Head Start is a tuition-free program for children and families with services in Linn, Benton and the town of Jefferson. Enrollment is based on age, income and special need.

The infant/toddler program serves pregnant mothers and newborns to children turning 30 months old by September 1st. The preschool program serves children who turn three or four years old on or before September 1st. Four year olds are given priority at most centers.

Kidco Head Start serves the following communities: Albany, Brownsville, Corvallis, Harrisburg, Jefferson, Lebanon, Monroe, Philomath and Sweet Home. For more information about center locations and enrollment information please visit our website www.kidcoheadstart.org


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