Ready, Set, Grow!

Thanks to a recent award of state funding, NeighborImpact is launching a major expansion of our Head Start program for the 2020-21 school year. Total slots will increase 43 percent, from 445 to 638 children. The program’s expansion will add 97 part-day Head Start slots, 76 full-day Head Start slots and 20 Early Head Start slots. We will open two additional Head Start classrooms in Bend and Redmond as well as one each in Prineville and La Pine.

Previously only available in Redmond, Early Head Start will now offer 20 slots to families who reside in Bend.

“This expansion is a critical investment in the future of Central Oregon,” said Executive Director, Scott Cooper. “Head Start helps improve family stability by engaging not just the child but the entire family in a two-generation approach to poverty reduction.” While programs are prepared to switch to virtual delivery if necessary, we plan to open classes on schedule in the fall, with social distancing and expanded hygiene measures in place. We will hire over 30 new staff to support the expanded service. Visit to enroll or apply today!