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ClackCoKids is Awarded $4.2 Million by the State Legislature for New Head Start Facilities

By Darcee Kilsdonk, Executive Director |

We are thrilled to announce the Oregon State Legislature has awarded us $4.2 million to help us purchase and renovate two properties in Clackamas County. Because of the generosity of the Oregon Legislature, we will be able to serve more children and families in our communities. We are honored by the state’s investment to make our dream a reality. We are especially grateful for the support we received from Senate President Robert Wagner, Representative Daniel Nguyen, and Senator Mark Meek.

With the funds, we will open new Head Start classrooms and after-school programs to serve 186 children and their families. The first property to be renovated is the former Mayer Arts Building located at the Marylhurst University Campus in Lake Oswego. This facility is projected to open in Fall of 2024.

The location will enable us to serve 34 Head Start children ages three to five, 16 Early Head Start children aged six weeks to three years, and 30 additional children in after-school care, as well as up to 60 additional children in subsidized or fee-for-service care.

Our vision is for the property to provide a one-stop-shop for family services like WIC, SNAP, medical, and dental care. We also hope to expand our ability to support children and families in the foster care system by offering a comfortable home-like setting for supervised visits and reunification activities between foster children and their biological families, as well as potentially providing a home-like setting for children who have come into foster care and are awaiting placement to create a more family-friendly environment for children in traumatic situations.

The second location to be renovated is a former YMCA Childcare Center in Milwaukie (2992 SE Monroe St, Milwaukie, OR 97222). The property is projected to open in the Spring of 2025. It will house five new classrooms and two new playgrounds able to serve about 80 children.