Welcome to Head Start of Yamhill County!

farewell to michael eichman

Mr. Michael Eichman, founder and past Executive Director of Head Start of Yamhill County, passed away on November 22nd, 2014. (Obituary as published by the Statesman Journal.) He provided the foundation for our organization through 17 years of leadership during which time four centers for developmentally-appropriate learning for children and families were built in Yamhill County.

It is the wish of the man who used the moniker "Simply ME" to inspire celebration of life through the Simply Music Fund. The fund accepts donations for a variety of programs: getting instruments into classrooms, providing free lessons to underprivileged children and bringing music performances into nursing homes. Donations can be made:

  • Online at http://www.oregoncf.org/givenow (Scroll down alphabetical list to "Simply Music Fund" for instructions and link.)
  • By check or mail (Make payable to "OCF- Simply Music Fund" and send to: Chane Griggs/OCF; 1313 Mill St SE, Suite 203; Salem, OR 97301.)

Mission Statement

We are committed to being a successful learning community, which includes:
• a partnership with parents and their children;
• a celebration of diversity;
• an atmosphere of support, respect, and trust;
where everyone is safe and experiences a sense of belonging.

A birth to five program

Since 1985 HSYC has implemented effective program governance, shared decision making, parent involvement, and high quality services for children and families. In the 2014-2015, there are 330 children age 3-5 in the Head Start program and 97 expecting moms and children age 0-3 in the Early Head Start program.

In 2012 HSYC was awarded a five-year grant to continue offering program services. These are our five-year goals:

  1. Support high-caliber classroom instruction that helps children be prepared to continue to make progress as they enter kindergarten.

  2. Support  parent’s efforts to fulfill their parenting roles through relationship-based practice in a culturally respective manner.

  3. Support family goal-setting and achievement related to self-sufficiency.

  4. Ensure child, maternal, and family health and wellbeing (including mental health and disabilities) through a comprehensive wellness and prevention approach.

  5. Cultivate and maintain community systems and partnerships that help all children and families succeed in school and in life.

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