NeighborImpact Head Start Returns to In-Person Instruction

Central Oregon—NeighborImpact Head Start has returned to in-person instruction! We know how important in-person interaction is for early learning, so we’ve taken extra safety precautions to make it possible, including teacher vaccination, smaller classroom sizes, alternating schedules, rigorous cleaning procedures and enhanced hygiene.

“There’s smiles on everybody’s faces today! The kids are so excited to be back,” said Head Start Director, Kim Brown.

Half of the children will attend classes on Mondays and Tuesdays while the other half will attend on Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays will be reserved for deep cleaning. An extra hour has also been added between each class session to allow for sanitization. All Head Start instructors and staff members have had the opportunity to get vaccinated.

Brown noted the excitement of staff on the first morning of classes as they greeted the children in-person for the first time in nearly a year.

It’s so exciting that they’re back in the classroom,” said Brown. “It feeds our soul, you know.”

About NeighborImpact: NeighborImpact is a private non-profit governed by a board of directors drawn from across the community.  Since 1985, NeighborImpact has led the region in developing solutions and bringing resources to Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. We help meet the basic needs of Central Oregonians, build economic security and create a community where everyone thrives. NeighborImpact receives federal, state and local grants, foundation grants and donations from individuals and businesses in our community. To learn more about NeighborImpact please visit

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