Although school buildings are empty for the summer, Umatilla Morrow Head Start is already working to fill its classrooms for the 2016-17 school year.

Head Start invites applications from pregnant mothers and families with children ranging from newborns to 5-year-olds. The agency provides services to children and their families in Morrow, Umatilla, Wallowa, Gilliam, Grant, Sherman and Wheeler counties.

Also, the agency is teaming up with the Morrow County School District to offer the Ready for Kindergarten program to 3- and 4-year-olds from families that don’t meet Head Start eligibility criteria. Classes will be offered two days per week in Irrigon and Boardman.

In Hermiston, the Little Pups preschool will operate, and space is available for 4-year-old children.

To register, visit, and select “Head Start Application.” Also, applications are available at Oregon Department of Human Services, area social service agencies and the Head Start administration office, 110 N.E. Fourth St., Hermiston.

For more information, call Suellen Whitlock at 541-564-6878 or 800-559-5878.

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