Head Start, Early Head Start, and ECEAP
Federally funded Head Start, Early Head Start, and Washington's State funded Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) are family-centered programs for children from low-income families. Children are between the ages of birth to age five years old are eligible for services. Program options include center based and home based care. Our Early Head Start Home Visiting program service families from pregnancy through age three. A qualified Home Visitor will visit and support you and your child once weekly for 90-minutes. There are also monthly play groups which provide an opportunity for children and families to interact and play together. Our Center Based care options include infant/toddler full day care and part day preschool. Qualified primary caregivers and teachers will support you and your child in a developmentally appropriate and child centered environment. Multiple opportunities are available to you to participate in your child's learning and development. Full-day child care services are also available through partnerships with community child care providers.Programs are Comprehensive:
Programs Also Include:
Children's Services: Children learn the skills and concepts they need to succeed in school. They spend time in an enriched learning environment that emphasizes early literacy, cognitive and social skills, while partnering with families. The children also receive help accessing medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.
- Family and Community Services: Families are offered a sense of belonging, other support services, and a chance to be involved in activities to help their whole family. Trainings are offered on many subjects such as child development, job readiness, learning about health and nutrition, and using free resources in the community. Staff members can refer families needing help with medical services, social welfare, or employment specialists they know in the community, and will follow-up to be sure services are received.
Serves At-Risk Children: Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Programs can serve children who are at risk for such reasons as neglect, abuse, or disabling conditions, regardless of family income.Values Diversity: Cultural awareness is a vital component of all aspects of our programs. Children's family backgrounds are honored, and in the classroom they learn about one another's family traditions. Where English is not the first language, every attempt will be made to provide translators.What are the Benefits: Our programs provides children with activities to help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our staff recognize that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. They welcome parent involvement in activities, and work as partners with parents to help children progress.We Offer Children: love, acceptance, understanding, and the opportunity to learn and to experience success. Children socialize with others, solve problems, and have other experiences which help them become self-confident.
- Nutrition services, including meals and snacks
- Health screenings and follow-up
- Social development and problem-solving skills