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About the Early Head Start Program

The ESD 112 Early Head Start program helps promote school readiness by enhancing children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development, and supporting parents and families in this effort.

Families enrolled in Early Head Start will participate in:

  • Child care and home visiting options for prenatal women and children aged birth to 3 years
  • Children are provided with educational, health and nutritional services
  • Assist children and families with community resources
  • Opportunities for parent involvement and leadership opportunities

Early Head Start provides comprehensive child and family development services for low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers ages birth to three years.

Qualifying families may enroll in our Home Based program or our Center Based program.  For more information on our Early Head Start programs, please contact us at 360-952-3466 or send us an email.

Early Head Start is a federally funded program through the Office of Head Start.

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Home Based Program

Early Head Start Home Based Program

Early Head Start provides free comprehensive child development and family support services for low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers ages birth to three. Families enrolled in the program will participate in weekly home visits and biweekly parent-child playgroups.

What’s Included

  • The Early Head Start program is designed to help your child’s development and promote school readiness.
  • Includes year-round, weekly 1 ½ hour home visits.
  • Parent/Child Playgroups two times per month.
  • We work with you on your child’s learning by collecting information from you about your child, assessing their on-going development, and coming up with child goals together.
  • We conduct initial screening for health, hearing, vision, and development and assist with referrals or follow-up as needed.
  • We track well-child exams, dental exams & immunizations and assist you in staying up-to-date
  • We assist parents with developing personal or family-level goals and provide community resources and referrals as needed.
  • We offer parent education & leadership opportunities.

Locations Served

  • Battle Ground
  • Hockinson
  • La Center
  • Ridgefield
  • Vancouver

Child Care Program

Child Care Program

Early Head Start provides comprehensive child development and family support services for families with infants and toddlers ages birth to three. Families enrolled in the program will receive services at one of our Early Care Center locations.

Note: DSHS Working Connections Child Care Subsidy is required for enrollment. All families are responsible for monthly DSHS Co-Payment.

What’s Included

  • The Early Head Start program is designed to help your child’s development and promote school readiness.
  • Is a Full-day, Full-year, licensed child care setting.
  • We work with you on your child’s learning by collecting information from you about your child, assessing their ongoing development, and coming up with child goals together.
  • We conduct initial screenings for health, hearing, vision, & development and assist with referrals or follow-up as needed.
  • We track well-child exams, dental exams & immunizations and assist you in staying up-to-date.
  • We assist parents with developing personal or family-level goals and provide community resources & referrals as needed.
  • Teacher will conduct 2 Home Visits & 2 Parent/Teacher Conferences per year.
  • Family Support Specialist will conduct 4 Home Visits per year and monthly phone check-ins.
  • We offer parent education & leadership opportunities.

Policy Council

Parent Policy Council

Policy Council is a leadership opportunity for parent volunteers in Early Head Start (EHS) and the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) to have a voice in major program planning, policy and decision-making. Through Policy Council they are able to advocate for the best interest of their child and family while gaining leadership skills.

In addition to their regular meetings, once a year EHS and ECEAP staff bring the Policy Council parents and the ESD 112 Board of Directors together at the ESD for a dinner and training session. Parents are given the opportunity to share their families’ stories and experiences in the programs with the Board. Members of both groups participate in training related to roles and responsibilities as well as how the two governing bodies, along with management staff, engage in a shared decision-making process.

Policy Council Meetings & Minutes

Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5:30pm – 7pm at the following locations:

*Dinner and child care is provided.

Meeting minutes are available upon request. Please contact ESD 112 at 360-952-3466.

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Southwest Washington Childcare Consortium - SWCCC

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.
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