A student at play

The High Desert Education Service District’s First Step to Success program offers  positive behavioral intervention for kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms. Referrals to the program are made by teachers, school administrators or counselors who work in partnership with First Step to Success staff and students in the classroom. The goal of the program is to teach and reinforce classroom skills necessary for long term success at school.

Contact Information

High Desert Education Service District
Bend Education Center
520 NW Wall St.
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-693-5700
Toll Free: 1-866-910-2833
Fax: 541-693-5701

Catherine Halliwell-Templin

Regional PBIS/First Step Coordinator

First Step to Success is based on the Positive Behavioral Supports program used by many schools in Deschutes County. Areas of teaching include being safe, responsible and respectful in all situations at school.  The Program also works to increases a child’s social skill based in learning how to be a good friend and becoming a leader in the classroom. As part of the First Step to Success Program families participate in HomeBase which includes six one-hour sessions focusing on positive reinforcement at home, sharing school, child development and celebrating time together as a family.

If you are interested in receiving First Step Services for a child who attends one of the schools listed below, you may contact the school directly and speak with the child’s teacher or you may contact the First Step Program Coordinator.

If you are interested in receiving First Step Services for a child whose school does not appear on this list please contact the First Step Program Coordinator.

First Step Services are provided in the following schools:

Redmond School District:
John Tuck
Vern Patrick
Tom McCall

Sisters School District:
Sisters Elementary

Bend School District:
High Lakes
Bear Creek
Pine Ridge
Lava Ridge
Elk Meadow