Early Childhood Education
Our preschool program helps children and families get ready for kindergarten. Head Start is a free program that promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through classrooms in their local community. Head Start supports the mental, social and emotional development of children from age 3 to age 5 (not eligible for kindergarten). In addition to education services, the program provides families with health, nutrition, social and other services. Head Start services are responsible to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage. Head Start encourages the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teachers. The staff value building relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being and connections to peers and community. A limited number of slots are available for over-income families as well. 10% of slots are reserved for children with diagnosed disabilities documneted through Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s).
The other early childhood program offered through Rural Resources is the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP, pronounced e–cap). ECEAP is also free to enrolled families and is funded by Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). It serves three and four year olds from low incomes families or with developmental or environmental risk factors that could interfere with school success. This program also provides parent support and family services, working closely with parents to support their children’s health and education and to meet family goals. ECEAP also helps families access medical and dental care and social services.