NeighborImpact Head Start serves families during COVID closure
Redmond, OR– Although NeighborImpact’s Head Start classrooms are closed in accordance with Governor Kate Brown’s order related to social-distancing, staff continue to support enrolled children and families in creative and innovative ways.
Head Start family advocates are reaching out to each family enrolled in the program to offer their support, not only in meeting the academic needs of the enrolled child, but also the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of the family.
“We want to make sure their basic needs are being met,” said NeighborImpact Head Start Director, Kim Brown.
According to Brown, Head Start staff will assist families in identifying basic needs and connect them with the resources necessary to fulfil those needs.
The program will also ensure that enrolled children continue to have access to food and housing; that child development opportunities and learning experiences are made available; and that families continue to engage with their children and with the program.
Families enrolled in Head Start will continue their educational engagement through an online portal, which will offer tools for assessing the child’s abilities and areas for growth, and provide detailed lessons and activities for each child based on that assessment. These activities are tailored to the child’s current developmental needs and can be done using items already available in the home.
Family advocates will check in with Head Start families weekly to ensure that all needs are being met and that parents are equipped with the necessary tools for becoming engaging educators.
As an essential business providing essential services to disadvantaged individuals in Central Oregon, NeighborImpact will continue to serve all three counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Those needing assistance may access all services via telephone and online through the region or in person in Bend, Redmond and Madras.
For updates on NeighborImpact’s response to COVID-19, visit: https://www.neighborimpact.org/coronavirus-response/.
About NeighborImpact: Since 1985, NeighborImpact has been a leader in developing solutions and bringing resources to Crook, Jefferson, Deschutes County and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The agency offers a diversity of services meeting basic human needs for food and shelter, while enriching people’s lives by providing access to increased education, skills, and hope for the future. NeighborImpact is a private nonprofit organization that receives federal, state and local grants, foundation grants and donations from individuals and businesses in our community. To learn more about NeighborImpact please visit www.neighborimpact.org.