Services At Early Learning

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

  • 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.

Programs Also Include

  • Nutrition services, including meals and snacks
  • Health screenings and follow-up
  • Social development and problem-solving skills 
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.

"Know me for my abilities, not my disability."

Robert M. Hensel

The OESD Early Learning Program is a special place for all children ages birth to 5 years old, including children with disabilities. We are committed to working with families to ensure that their children, including those with significant disabilities, receive the comprehensive services they need to meet their developmental, health, and social needs. In addition, we are also committed to continuously meeting the mandated 10 percent or more of enrollment opportunities for children with disabilities.

Give Your Child Every Opportunity with OESD Early Learning

  • Receive services and support in a standard classroom
  • Develop the learning and social skills necessary to enter school
  • Interact with all students to develop positive attitudes toward children with special needs
  • Connect to services through partnerships with local districts, Holly Ridge Infant/Toddler Program, and other community resources

Connect

Collaboration with the local school districts, Holly Ridge Infant/Toddler Program, and other Local Education Agencies (LEA) is an essential component in making the OESD Early Learning Centers an inclusive and natural environment.

Support

OESD's Early Learning Program provides a support group for families of children with special needs. The group meets twice a month and is intended for families who are currently enrolled in our program.

Click the button below to see a List of ZOOM Support Groups, Dates, and Times under our What's Happening section.

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A Caring, Qualified Staff

View this short, animated video to find out about a family’s experience when they learn that their child has a special need. Explore how staff can support and partner with families through this experience.

Ongoing recruitment of children with disabilities is conducted throughout the year

Call TODAY to apply or Learn More

Click here to apply now -or- contact us at 360.478.6889.

Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND)

“Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND) is a video coaching program that aims to strengthen positive interactions between caregivers and children. FIND was developed by Dr. Phil Fisher and colleagues.

It uses select clips of adults engaging with children to reinforce developmentally supportive interactions, or what’s known as “serve and return.” This simple, practical approach emphasizes caregivers’ strengths and capabilities.” ~Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University.

For more information on engaging in FIND at your licensed child care facility contact 360-478-6889.

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Policy Council

In addition to many other ways to be involved in your child’s education, one of the ways that Head Start/ECEAP/Early Head Start includes families is to be involved in Policy Council; a formal meeting structure for families and community members.

We believe that family involvement and leadership are crucial to the success of our Head Start, Early Head Start, and ECEAP programs. Policy Council is the key decision and policy-making body for our Early Learning program.

Policy Council representatives, who are elected by their respective sites, work together with program administrators and the the Olympic Educational Service District 114's Board of Directors to make the decisions that directly affect children and families. Policy Council members participate in program planning and development, and approve all personnel and budget recommendations. Policy Council members include:

  • Parents of currently enrolled children
  • Parents who have had a child in the program in previous years
  • Community agency representatives drawn from organizations that provide services, support, and/or resources to the families we serve

Establishing a Policy Council in each Head Start agency in the United States is a federal requirement of the federal Head Start Performance Standards. Establishing a Policy Council in each ECEAP agency in the state of Washington is a state requirement of the state ECEAP Performance Standards. The purpose of Policy Council is:

  • To create an organized way for program parents/guardians/grandparents and community representatives to provide input into Olympic ESD 114 Head Start/ECEAP/Early Head Start early childhood programs; and
  • To partner with staff and Olympic ESD 114 Board of Directors and Administration to share in decisions regarding overall program planning and operations as described in the Head Start Performance Standard

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Employment

Become an Early Learning staff member or substitute in Head Start/ECEAP/Early Head Start - for more information, call 360.478.6889. Click the button below to see available opportunities. 

Family Support Resources

There are many resources available to families throughout our county. Click the Family Resources button to access a variety of options that may meet your family's needs. 

Kitsap

Kitsap H.E.A.L. (Healthy Eating, Active Living) Support Resources