“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”

Happening Now!

Want to know what fun things are happening monthly around Umatilla Morrow Head Start? Check back here regularly to see what exciting events are going on now and in months to come for your family! See what’s happening now, below.

Parent Meeting Highlight

Children and parents went on a veggie and fruit hunt in our Irrigon Head Start classroom. Once done, they discussed the veggies and fruits they found. They discussed nutrition, colors and how they grow. They also counted how many they found. So much learning in one little fun activity!

At UMCHS we find joy in the little things. Every part of the day can be a fun learning experience. Next time you are in the grocery store, think about all the ways you can help your child learn. Let them help find the fruits and veggies off your list. They will learn all about colors, shapes, and numbers in this simple but fun activity.


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Opportunities for pregnant mothers and children 0-5
Spanish Application

Our Families, Our Stories

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Head Start Parents

We have many opportunities for anyone interested in becoming a part of the Head Start family. Children benefit when community members and parents know about and support what is happening in their child’s education. By volunteering you get to know us and the programs. It also opens up career opportunities for you!
For more information contact Jesus Rome at 541.667.6091

Parent Calendars

Parent Handbooks

What does it mean if your child is referred by a vision screening?

Children who are referred by a vision screening need to be seen by an eye doctor for a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Many vision problems like amblyopia, a common vision disorder that affects more than 11,000 children in Oregon alone, can be successfully treated and even reversed if detected before age 7.



Parent groups

Let’s face it, parenting can be difficult. Have you ever had moments where you just don’t know what to do and you wish you had more tricks to pull out of your hat? Me too! Below are many opportunities for you to connect with other parents, share what you know, and learn new ways to help your child grow and learn.


Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors:

The nation’s first evidence-based parenting program developed by and for Latino parents with children 0-5 years of age. Available in Spanish and English. Group activities focused on real life experiences. Covers child and family well-being, school readiness, leadership and good health.

Incredible Years:

Learn how children 2-8 years of age learn through play, ways to praise, set limits and routines, handle misbehavior, and child development.

Incredible Years Infant/Toddler:

Parents learn self-care, knowing your baby’s cues, feeding and diapering, and developmental milestones. Focuses on children 0-2 years of age.


Make Parenting a Pleasure:

A great opportunity for your child’s first and most important teacher – YOU! Come join other parents in gathering skills to achieve your family goals while reducing the stresses of parenting. Caregivers will gain information on self-care, stress and anger management, understanding child development, communication skills, and positive discipline.


Nurturing Parenting:

Want to make your children feel like a million bucks? Praise helps children feel good about themselves. Praise is important for adults too. This series will be held in your area to help you and your family learn about praise. Nurturing Parenting empowers individuals and families with new knowledge, beliefs, strategies and skills to make good and healthy lifestyle choices.

Nurturing Fathers:

This parenting series is for fathers and covers – Nurturing Our Children and Ourselves, Fathering Sons/Fathering Daughters, Discipline Without Violence, Play, Managing Anger/Resolving Conflict, Teamwork with Spouse/Partner, Communication/Problem Solving, Balancing Work and Fathering, Cultural Influences, Dealing with Feelings, and The Father I Choose To Be.

Circle of Parents

Circle of Parents:

Provides a friendly, supportive environment led by parents and other caregivers. It’s a place where anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising children. It’s a place where they can find and share support. Circle of Parents groups meet weekly or bi-monthly, are free of charge, and foster an open exchange of ideas, support, information and resources. Parents and caregivers can join anytime! These kinds of groups serve those parenting children of all ages and families of all types.

Money Smart

Money Smart:

is a comprehensive financial series that will show you how to grow and manage your money by preparing a spending plan and identify ways to decrease and increase income. Participants will also gain information to enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships in building and or repairing credit. A great way to start getting more out of your dollars!

What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick:

Come to a free class and receive information such as what to look for when your child is sick, when to call the doctor, how to care for cuts and scrapes etc. All participants will receive a free book and other incentives to help you keep your child healthy.


What To Do For Healthy Teeth:

Taking care of your teeth is an important part of your health. This books tells about: Your mouth, teeth and gums and how to care for them; How to work with your dentist; How eating the right foods helps you and your child maintain good health and a beautiful smile. All participants will receive free book, toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.

If you need more information, contact:

Mary Lou at 541.667.6091 or click here, OPEC, for an updated calendar of classes.

Cooking with Kids!

Children love to be helpers which makes the kitchen a perfect place for them! They can learn a lot of skills working through a simple recipe with you. This is a perfect time for them to learn to count, recognize letters/sounds, health, nutrition, not to mention important time spent with you! Check back for new monthly recipes.



Yogurt Fruit Dip

Breakfast: Yogurt Fruit Dip

One-Pan Chicken Alfredo

Lunch: One-Pan Chicken Alfredo

Roasted Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Dinner: Roasted Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Community Resources

Are you looking for housing, a local food bank, Head Start, or other resources? Below are resource guides specific to your area along with other online resources.