Early Care & Education

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Early Care & Education2018-07-30T10:54:55-07:00

Promoting school readiness efforts through individualized services that benefit children.

Welcome to Early Care & Education

ESD 112 Early Care and Education promotes school readiness efforts through individualized services that benefit children. We assist families, child care providers and community partners in providing quality early learning programs and professional development opportunities throughout the ESD 112 region.

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Early Care and Education in the News

Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet childhood educators earn so little?
(Child Care Aware of America, July 11, 2018)

Building a solid foundation
(Camas-Washougal Post-Record, April 11, 2019)

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Early Care and Education -Southwest Washington Childcare Consortium

In 1989, Clark County's business, education and civic leaders joined Educational Service District 112 to take an extraordinary step: they launched the first of what has now become the largest community-run child care system in the United States. Today, this effort is recognized as one of the "best and brightest" examples of local, state and federal government programs addressing one of today's toughest issues: child care.The Consortium operates 25 centers in Clark County serving 1,600 children and 2,800 parents utilizing more than 200 employees. SWCCC is a non-profit community based child care program serving families with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.
Early Care and Education -Southwest Washington Childcare Consortium
Early Care and Education -Southwest Washington Childcare ConsortiumSeptember 19, 2019 at 12:17pm
SELF recruits and employs nearly 300 early care and education professionals at 38 child care centers. Our employees are child care or preschool teachers, home visitors, center directors, cooks, and classroom assistants. Many of these employees make minimum wage or slightly more. Yet every day, they are providing safe, fun, and nurturing care for 2,200 children in our community.

At the same time, there’s a looming child care crisis in Southwest Washington. We have lots of work to do to meet the growing population needs in our community.

Join us on September 19 for Give More 24 to learn more about the importance of birth to 5. To get a head start and read more about SELF, go to https://www.givemore24.org/organizations/self-support-for-early-learning-families Donations on September 19 only for Give More 24.

Upcoming Events

1-2-3 Grow and Learn – Washington Elementary

September 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

1-2-3 Grow and Learn – Minnehaha Elementary

September 23 @ 9:15 am - 10:45 am

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Early Care & Education News

ECE volunteer summer internship program a big success

This summer, Early Care and Education (ECE) kicked off a new summer internship program in collaboration with Summer Works and NEXT. The partnership brought four ECE volunteer interns between the ages of 18-21 to ESD early learning and school-aged centers where [...]

ECE Child care in the community

Students who participate in the ESD 112 child care program at Sunset Elementary took advantage of a sunny day to take a “stewardship walk” to a local park near the school. The students and their [...]

Volunteer Appreciation: Books that make cents!

This summer, Umpqua Bank reached out to our Early Care & Education Department about bringing their new summer reading initiative to some of our pre-school classes. The Books that Make Cents program helps Umpqua Bank [...]

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