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United Way

UWUnited Way of Jackson County is a vibrant partner in many aspects of our service delivery. United Way has a role as partial funder of our family advocacy work, and male involvement activities; as leader of several powerful interagency coalitions in Jackson County (Child Abuse Network, Homeless Task Force, Jackson County Community Services Consortium), of which we are members; as well as the organizers of the annual Day of Caring, which regularly benefits one or more of our facilities, and as the source of Hope Chest funds for emergency needs, and free monthly Rogue Valley Transit Department bus passes for low-income families dependent on public transportation for school, work, and daily life.



Health Education and Partnerships
Health Smarts

IMG_8926Health Smarts is a health project for Head Start parents. Parents receive a plain-language book and a 2-hour workshop experience designed to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence in treating and preventing common childhood accidents and illnesses. Parental consent to access children’s healthcare records provides our research partners at Southern Oregon University Research Center with data to establish resulting changes in use of doctor or emergency room services. Mid-Rogue Independent Physicians Association and Providence Community Council are partners in funding and implementing the project.



The Health Care Institute

Cave Junction HCI 024A health education program supported by the Johnson and Johnson Healthcare Institute at University of California in Los Angeles and the Office of Head Start, is provided for Early Head Start parents. Project design replicates Health Smarts with the exception of the research component and the addition of ongoing follow-up by Early Head Start specialists at regular home visits. As above, parents receive a plain-language book and a 2-hour workshop experience designed to increase their skills, knowledge, and confidence in treating and preventing common childhood accidents and illnesses. Training is provided in both English and Spanish.



Rogue Community College

rccRogue Community College (RCC) is a strong partner at various levels of the agency. Many staff obtained associate level degrees in early childhood education through collaborative planning by RCC and Head Start. A Head Start center was built on the RCC Redwood Campus through a three-way partnership with RCC Department of _______, Early Childhood Services and Head Start. Fundraising was done by the three agencies and major funding was provided through a Community Development Block Grant through the City of Grants Pass. The center serves as a Head Start center for low-income children and children who need early childhood special education services. The center also provides a practicum site for RCC students pursuing a degree in early childhood education or nursing.



Southern Oregon Early Learning Services

Oregon is undergoing major overhaul in early childhood systems. The heart of the plan involves establishing agencies that are regionally based community-based coordinators for the coordination of early childhood services referred to as Hubs. Southern Oregon Early Learning Services is a group that was formed to help establish a Hub for the Jackson and Josephine County region. Southern Oregon Head Start is a core partner in planning for the Hub and works closely with all of the following agencies: Jackson County Public Health Department, Early Childhood Services of Josephine County, Child Development of Jackson County, Family Nurturing Center, Coalition for Kids, Commission of Children and Families.


Jump Start-Preparing English Language Learners for Kindergarten

Southern Oregon Migrant Education Service District, Medford School District, and Southern Oregon Head Start worked together last August to provide Jump Start at Washington Elementary. The program provided an opportunity for twenty primary Spanish speaking children to go to school before kindergarten started in the fall. They learned how to follow a typical kindergarten schedule, including eating breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, following teacher directions, and they learned how to use pencils, scissors, etc. They attended three hours a day for two weeks. Children and families had an orientation to the program and parents were given information about helping their child in school. The program was a big success and all three partners are planning for Jump Start in August 2013.

 Foster Grandparents-Rogue Valley Manor Senior Services

The Foster Grandparent program through Rogue Valley Manor Senior Services has provided seniors in our community the opportunity to volunteer in Head Start classrooms for many years. Many foster grandparents have assisted classroom teachers and more importantly provided many loving relationships for children in Head Start. You will often find them sitting in a rocking chair nestled with a child or two and a good book.

Other Partners

Head Start has many partners in providing services for children and families. A brief list includes:

Women, Infants, and Children Food Program, ACCESS, Umpqua Community Action Agency, Consumer Credit Counseling,  Catholic Charities, Goodwill, On Track, Child Care Resource and Referral, Family Community Court, Department of Human Services Child Welfare, Jackson County Community Services Consortium, Jackson County Child Abuse Network, the Homeless Task Forces, Hispanic Interagency Council, Perinatal Task Forces (Jackson and Josephine counties), Substance Abuse Community Action Team (Josephine County), and the Oregon Child Development Coalition.