Okanogan County Child Development Association (OCCDA) has been providing services to children and families for over 50 years. Head Start in Okanogan County began in 1965 as part of a Community Action Program providing Head Start services to low income preschool children and families through a summer project called “Omak Project Head Start” in East Omak. The program has grown from serving the one classroom in Omak in 1965 to nearly 400 children and families a year.
OCCDA provides early childhood education and comprehensive, prevention based services for children ages 0-5, pregnant women, and their families. OCCDA provides both classroom and home visiting services from nine service locations. OCCDA receives funding from the Office of Head Start to provide pre-school programs for children ages three to five and Early Head Start programs (home visiting and classroom options) for expectant parents and children from birth to the age of three. In 2016, OCCDA received “Duration” funding from the Office of Head Start for our Methow Valley Head Start program. This funding is designed to implement a full day pre-school program in partnership with the Methow Valley School District during the 2017-2018 program year. OCCDA receives state funding from the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families’ Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program to provide pre-school programs in Tonasket and Oroville. OCCDA also receives federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funding from Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families to provide home visiting to expectant parents and children from birth to the age of three. All of OCCDA’s programs are designed to promote school readiness, encourage positive parenting, improve maternal and child health, and promote child development.