The Hermiston School Board recently approved a plan to partner with the Umatilla-Morrow County Head Start program to provide an integrated early learning program called the Hermiston Center for School Readiness.
The program will offer a preschool program which will focus on equipping at-risk 4-year-olds and their families with the skills and resources to promote school readiness and learning success.
Head Start staff will provide integrated educational services that align with state and district standards. The program format will be four classes of 20 children, meeting two days per week for 3.5 hours per day. The program will run from Sept. 1, 2015, to June 10, 2016 and will recruit under-served Hermiston children, who would not have access to preschool services otherwise.
In addition to academic skills, the center will provide a continuum of care with varying intensity and duration to students and their families, providing access to screening, referrals and resources for parent education classes in English and Spanish.