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Head Start of Harney County (HSHC)

Head Start of Harney County, (HSHC) a preschool program for three and four year old children. This program is available to eligible families and including children with disabilities. The goal of Head Start is to prepare children for kindergarten and support families.

HSHC evaluates the physical and dental needs of the children after they enter. Specialists evaluate speech and language, as well as social development and motor skills.

Parents and families are an important part of the HSHC program and are invited to participate as volunteers, helping with various projects at the center. Families are encouraged to participate in monthly parent meetings and home visits.

There is no charge for this program and a meal and snack is served each day.

Mrs. Ribeiro’s

I have been teaching at the Early Childhood Center for 3 years now and I love it! My favorite color is PINK, and I don’t like or have pets…which most of my students think is funny and will let others know about it. 🙂

My husband Mike and I have been married for 32 years, we have 5 children and one adorable grandson!


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Early Childhood Center

Mrs. Yunker

My family moved to Burns over 13 years ago. We love just about everything about Harney County, from hunting and ranching to friendships and church! We are invested in this community heart and soul. My husband and I enjoy playing music together and teaching parenting classes. Even though I’m a first year teacher, I’ve enjoyed working with children and families of Harney County for over 11 years, and am pleased and privileged to be part of The Early Childhood Center and the Harney ESD.

“In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.  Program information mat be made available in languages other than English.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA.  The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation.  The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: 1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or 2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 3. email:  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.