Since 1965, Head Start has been a cornerstone in the fight against poverty, and one of the most effective tools our community has for ensuring every child has the start to life they deserve. First established by the Office of Economic Opportunity in the summer of 1965 as a flagship program in the War on Poverty, Head Start in Whatcom County has been a part of the Opportunity Council since we opened our doors more than 50 years ago.

Designed to help overcome some of the barriers that families experiencing poverty encounter, Head Start programs continue to provide not just high-quality early childhood education that prepares children for success both in school and in life. Not only that, but Head Start programs support the entire family by helping parents and caregivers connect to other community resources, navigate the health care system, and build a lasting network of teachers, caregivers, and other families—the community of support every young family needs to thrive.

Today, more than 400 children and families are served through Opportunity Council’s Head Start, Early Head Start, and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance programs. Through programs designed to boost children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development, Head Start continues to be a lynchpin in the fight against poverty and a vital resource.

Click here to learn more about Head Start, Early Head Start, and other Early Childhood Education Programs at Opportunity Council (including eligibility guidelines and how to enroll your child(ren).