Assisting New Families get a Healthy Start

Healthy Families of the High Desert is Deschutes County’s Oregon Healthy Start Program. It is a voluntary home visiting program that assists families in giving their newborn children a “healthy start” in life. The program offers weekly intensive home visits for first birth, high-need families and a one-time welcome home visit to all families with newborns. For more information on Healthy Families of the High Desert, call 541-749-2133.

Photo: Healthy Families of the High Desert staff

Come join our team!

High Desert Education Service District is recruiting new team members! Come join us as we continue to improve student outcomes with Excellence, Equity and Efficiency.

We are now hiring:

  • Programmer Analyst
  • Speech Language Pathologist – Madras
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Educational Assistant – Bend – Temporary
  • Mental Health Specialist
  • Extended School Year (ESY) Applied Behavior Analysis Assistant – Temporary

Learn more!

 

Better Together Welcomes Summer VISTA's

Better Together just welcomed 18 new Summer VISTA’s! These AmeriCorps members will serve across the region this summer working full-time for 10 weeks as mentors and project leads in 7 non-profits that are involved in Better Together’s 8+9 Project. The goal of this project is to bridge the potentially vulnerable transition between middle and high school for under-served students in Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes counties. Congratulations VISTA members!

Congratulations Alea Renner!

Congratulations to Alea Renner, Systems Administrator, who was recently recognized by Tyler Technologies (the company that provides Infinite Visions, our business and HR software application) and the Oregon Association of ESDs.  Alea was recognized at Tyler’s annual conference in Phoenix by receiving a Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award, which recognizes end-users for achievements, leadership, innovation and excellence in developing, deploying and maintaining Tyler solutions in new ways.  Closer to home, Alea received the OAESD Innovation Award for her work to improve and streamline reporting options for end users with Infinite Visions system.  Way to go Alea!

Network Study Shared with Better Together Partners

On May 23rd, Better Together hosted its first Network Data Event at the High Desert Education Service District Building. Last spring, Central Oregon received the opportunity to participate in a large scale network study on the “connectedness” of Better Together partners. A survey was distributed to all partners, across sectors with over 50 partners in total participating. It asked questions about how, when, and why our schools, businesses, organizations, and community members are connected across the region. After 8 months of compiling the data, Dr. Krissi Hewitt and Dr. Cheng-Fei Lai from the Oregon Chief Education Office, and Dr. Alan J. Daly, from the Department of Education Studies at UC San Diego, came to share the findings and engage individuals in a rich conversation around the network landscape in our region. We are immensely grateful to everyone who attended and shared their perspective!

Drinking Water Test Results Released

In recent news around the country, elevated levels of lead were found in some school sinks and fountains. High Desert Education Service District took action and had each facility tested. You can read about each site here.

What is the High Desert Education Service District?

HDESD is a publicly-funded agency that partners with local school districts to provide high-quality, cost-effective and locally responsive education services at a regional level. These services range from business, legal, and administrative support to school improvement efforts and special education programs.

HDESD does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran or military status, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to all designated youth groups. For questions or complaints, please contact the Human Resource Director, the district’s Title IX Coordinator at 541.693.5600, or ODE’s Equity and Civil Rights Office. Discrimination Complaint/Grievance Procedure

What types of services do we provide?

Services for Children with Special Needs

We partner with local school districts to provide services to families and students who are at risk or have special educational needs.

School Improvement Services

We provide consultation, on-site and regional professional development, consortiums, grant projects, and student programs.

Administrative Services

We support business, administrative and operational functions for HDESD and partner school districts. Other services are also available to support home and alternative learning.

Information Services

We offer a wide range of information technology and instructional support services to both HDESD and school district staff.

Latest News

Only a few days left to sign up for summer work!

Looking for summer work? Make an impact serving the community with a youth serving organization in central Oregon. 10 weeks of service. Pay is a stipend of $425, bi-weekly $1,222 scholarship at end of service Must be 18 by start date (June 16) –  Apply by May 18th Go to: bettertogethercentraloregon.org or call... read more

Join us for Art Hop…this Friday, May 6th

Join us this Friday honoring Autism Awareness by checking out the amazing art work of local students with Autism. First Friday Art Hop is scheduled for May 6 from 5- 7 pm, downtown Bend.  The location for our student art work is 824 NW Wall Street in the hallway next door to, ‘What Lola Wants.’  Hope to see... read more

Partner of the Year awarded to Healthy Families of the High Desert

During Healing Hearts luncheon sponsored by The Kids Center, Mt. Star Family Relief Nursery awarded Healthy Families of the High Desert as its Child Abuse Prevention Partner of the Year.  In this photo, Lori Colvin (left), Coordinator of Healthy Families of the High Desert is pictured with Shelly Smith, The Kids Center Executive Director. Healthy Families of the High Desert is Deschutes County’s Oregon Healthy Start Program. It is a voluntary home visiting program that assists families in giving their newborn children a “healthy start” in life. The program offers weekly intensive home visits for first birth, high-need families and a one-time welcome home visit to all families with... read more

Our Central Oregon School District Partners

Additional Partners
We also partner with:

  • Jefferson County 509J School District
  • Black Butte School District
  • Culver School District
  • North Central Counties School District
  • Harney Education Service District
  • Jefferson Education Service District
  • Grant Education Service District
  • Lake Education Service District
  • Southern Oregon Education Service District
  • Umatilla/Morrow Education Service District