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About the Early Care and Education Centers
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.
Early Care and Education operates 40 centers in Clark and Cowlitz Counties serving 2,200 children and 1,700 parents utilizing more than 300 employees.
All of our centers that serve children ages birth through five years old participate in our state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System called Early Achievers. This system includes professional development, on site coaching, and program assessment.
Full Day Centers
Full Day Centers
Early Care and Education provides quality child care services for children in Clark County. Our licensed centers offer full-day care and are located on or near school grounds in partnership with local school districts and area businesses.
Our centers serve a variety of ages:
Daily routines are designed around the individual feeding, diapering, and sleeping schedule of each infant. Caregivers include many learning opportunities within these routines by talking with each infant, playing simple one on one games, and encouraging emerging skills throughout the day.
The room is designed so that play spaces, individual cribs, diapering area, and eating area are easily monitored by caregivers. Safety and cleanliness are top priorities.
The following center offers school year infant care in partnership with Vancouver Public Schools:
The following centers offer infant care to families who are eligible for the Early Head Start program:
To find out if you are eligible for Early Head Start, call (360) 952-3466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Toddlers are in constant motion! You will see them actively exploring their environment trying new ways of doing things. To encourage a toddler to learn through play by touching, seeing, hearing, and moving around, the room has specific play areas. Those areas would include a place for climbing, a quiet book area, low shelves with simple puzzles and manipulatives, and a dramatic play area for make believe play.
Caregivers spend much of their day facilitating the children’s play choices while encouraging social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and beginning language development
The daily schedule is organized around repeated routines that include, diapering, toileting, dressing, eating, and napping. It also includes free play and outside time. Caregivers utilize these routines to nurture learning and as relationship building opportunities.
Our programs strive to provide preschoolers with a safe, healthy, stimulating and caring early learning environment. Activities and routines are designed around children’s interests and developmental needs. The preschool classrooms are divided into interest areas such as blocks, dramatic play, books, puzzles, manipulatives, art exploration and science discovery. The daily schedules offer opportunities for children to make choices about what they want to explore and learn more about while also providing structured and facilitated activities to help support children as they acquire new skills.
Mixed-age classrooms provide opportunities for preschool children, ages 2 1/5 to 5 years, to interact with other preschoolers of varying ages and abilities. This model encourages peer modeling and fosters the development of leadership skills for older children. For the younger children, this model offers a variety of increased opportunities for development including social skills and language development.
Classroom staff provide safe and consistent opportunities for children to learn and grow through trusted relationships and regular routines. The daily routines are designed to provide varied social and developmental experiences, which include small group activities, special projects, quiet/rest time, large muscle play and meals.
We are committed to partnering with families and elementary schools to promote school readiness and strengthen the kindergarten transition process.
Activities, games, and projects are designed to support and enhance children’s development cognitively in literacy, math, science and creative arts. Caregivers also provide daily opportunities for children to be physically active.
The School-age room is arranged into interest and activity areas. These include a comfortable and quiet listening and reading area, table activities such as puzzles and games, art exploration, homework and study area, and building and construction.
Children are given consistent guidance in learning cooperation, conflict resolution, and developing a sense of “shared community” within the group.
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School Age Centers
School Age Centers
Our centers offer before and after school care for school-age children between the ages of 5—12 years. The school-age room is arranged into interest and activity areas.
These include a comfortable quiet reading area, table activities such as puzzles, games and craft projects, a homework and study area, building and construction area, and places for special projects and activities. Activities, games, and projects are designed to support and enhance children’s development in literacy, math, science, and the creative arts.
What Our Centers Offer
Learning through play
- Problem solving
- Being part of a team
- Educational Opportunities
- School Focus/Homework time
- Exploring Science
- Creative Cooking
- Art on Display
- Building Blocks
- Gym/Outdoor play
- Field Trips
- Guest Speakers
Before & After School Centers
Rates & Enrollment
2019 – 2020 Early Care and Education Center Rates
Rates for care at the child care centers are at or below the average for the area. Child Care Subsidies are accepted.
Annual Registration Fees (Due Each September)
|Each Addt’l Child in same household||$50|
|Age Group||Daily Rate|
|Infant||*Must be enrolled in Early Head Start|
School Age Rates
|Before OR After School Only||$21.00 Daily|
|Before AND After School||$33.00 Daily|
|Full Day of Care on Non-School Days||$43.00 Daily|
School Age: Additional Fees for Early Release of Late Start
These fees apply when the district has issued a late start or early release due to unexpected events.
|Care provided on 2-hour early dismissal or late start days||$9.00|
|Care provided on 1-hour early dismissal or late start days||$4.50|
All rates are for fixed-day, contracted schedules.