Join our Early Care & Education Volunteer Community
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 >
- Read a book to a class once a week
- 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:
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!
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, “FERPA” School Volunteers and Confidentiality, Shaken Baby Syndrome and Safe Sleep
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:
- Contact the Volunteer Coordinator by submitting this form.
- Complete your application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Visit an early learning center near you!
- Complete free online trainings, applications and forms to keep you and the kids safe!
- Start Volunteering!
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.
ECE State Resources
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)