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About the ECE Volunteer Team

Our Early Care and Education (ECE) staff and kiddos greatly appreciate community participation and educational opportunities. Do you have a skill, hobby or activity you would like to share with one of our ECE centers? Are you passionate about something that the next generation of learners can benefit from?

We are actively seeking community members (parents, teachers, high school students, college students, etc.) to come into our centers and teach our kids something new!

Summer internships are also available for individuals who are working with a university or agency and need to fulfill an internship or practicum requirement in child care or education. Download an application >

Activity Examples:

  • Read a book to a class once a week
  • Garden
  • Play outdoors
  • Help organize/coordinate materials for the center
  • Play your instrument
  • Work 1 on 1 with a student or small group
  • Assist where help is needed

Share a craft or activity in your area of expertise:

  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Health/Hygiene
  • Tech
  • Cooking
  • Music
  • Education

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Make a difference in your community
  • Be a positive role model for a child
  • Build upon existing skills
  • Get to know the Early Learning Field
  • Have access to free Professional Development Opportunities through trainings and events
  • Join a community of other dedicated volunteers
  • Fulfill community service hours or project
  • Complete an Early Care and Education Internship
  • Have fun!
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Requirements & Forms

Requirements to Become an ECE Volunteer Team Member

On behalf of Early Care & Education at ESD 112, we would like to thank you for your willingness to volunteer your time and services to our programs! We greatly appreciate your support as we seek to provide equitable and high-quality learning opportunities for children and families in our community.

Volunteers must be 14 years or older. 

Required Documents & Trainings

Persons who volunteer on a weekly or more frequent basis must complete the following:

  • TB Test & Health Examination (form provided to give to a doctor or physician)
  • Complete ECE MMR Immunization Form or show Proof of Immunity
  • Complete a Portable Background Check and fingerprint appointment (online and provided by ESD 112)
  • Complete quick and free online trainings: Mandatory Reporting, Blood Borne Pathogen Prevention, Abusive Head Trauma, Families Experiencing Homelessness, Disaster & Emergency Preparedness, School Volunteers and Confidentiality.

As Washington State Licensed Child Care Providers, regular volunteers in our centers are obligated to meet state requirements on trainings and documentation. These policies help protect the staff, families, and children our programs serve. All identifiable documents and information are kept confidential and protected. The Volunteer Coordinator will help oversee the completion of these requirements throughout the brief certification process. We appreciate your compliance and understating immensely.

 Steps to becoming a regular-certified volunteer:

  1. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator by submitting this form.
  2. Complete your application and email it to!
  3. Visit an early learning center near you!
  4. Complete free online trainings, applications and forms to keep you and the kids safe!
  5. Start Volunteering!

Summer Internships:

Are you interested in working in early care & education? Do you need to fulfill an internship or practicum requirement in child care or education? Summer internships are available – simply submit an application to get started.

Program Contacts

Who to Contact

For more information on becoming a volunteer as well as upcoming events and trainings, please contact:

Kayli Troelsen

Bilingual Workforce Development & Volunteer Coordinator


Phone: (360) 952-3356


ECE State Resources

Early Care and Education in the News

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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 Donations on September 19 only for Give More 24.

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