On May 18, the ESD 112 Early Care & Education (ECE) team held a free family and community event that attracted more than 190 adults and children.

“The idea for this event was born from our Policy Council families, who envisioned a First Responder Community Event as a platform to share community resources,” said Heidi Rosenberg, ESD 112 board member. “It was also an opportunity for our youngest learners and their families to engage with those who serve our neighborhoods daily.”

During the event, children explored various vehicles, including a C-Tran bus, ambulance, garbage truck, school bus, and Clark Public Utilities vehicle. Vendors provided information on car seat safety and what to do during power outages.

Clark Public Utilities attended the event to provide information on what to do during power outages

Indoors, families were connected to a variety of local resources. One conference room featured a free clothing swap. Another room was set up as a creative play area for children and families to experience and play together, featuring our 1-2-3 Grow & Learn program staff on hand as the hosts.

Kids worked on their math skills at the Math Anywhere booth

The final room showcased numerous community organizations and provided information on local resources. The Mullen-Polk Foundation was prepared to distribute free diapers and wipes to families. Children could access free books by signing up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library or by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library table.

The ECE enrollment team was present, offering families the opportunity to complete program applications on the spot. Eligible families can gain access to comprehensive developmental, health, and nutrition services, and receive support in an early learning center or their home, underscoring the benefits of attending such events.

Learn more about services offered by Early Care & Education by visiting our website.