About Us

Changing Lives Since 1967

Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF) has grown to become the leading provider of comprehensive early childhood education and family support programs in Southwest Washington.

EOCF has been strengthening vulnerable young children and families for 49 years. We provide preschool, childcare and family support services at no cost to more than 2,000 children and families annually, most of whom are low-income or have a documented disability. Areas served include Clark County, Pacific County, and the Woodland portion of Cowlitz County. EOCF is one of the largest social service organizations in Southwest Washington and is the second largest nonprofit organization in Clark County with an annual operating budget of $11 million and approximately 265 employees.

Alignment with Families

EOCF provides connections to resources and support so families can get well on their way to self-sufficiency. From hot meals to housing, education to employment, we don’t just point them in the right direction; we stick with them until they outgrow the need for our services.

Belief In Children

We believe that every child, regardless of social status or family income, deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Our ultimate goal is to prepare children for kindergarten and empower families, collaborating with parents and local resources in order to provide an educational experience that is second to none. EOCF provides preschool programs and family services that promote high-quality and developmentally appropriate best practices, focusing on the whole child.

Community Transformation

Our programs for children birth through 5 years old support language skills, social skills and prepare children to move from infant to toddler to preschooler with caring and guided instruction from EOCF staff.  We know that building strong families is the key to transforming community. That’s why we offer a range of free programs designed to empower our local families.

EOCF serves more than 1,200 at-risk children and families annually in our federal and state early learning programs.  Another 1,000 children are served in the HotShots Youth Sports program for children grades 1-6.

Our Approach

EOCF provides children with the best possible start on their educational careers with a whole-child individualized curriculum and observational assessment.

EOCF also supports a foundation for parents to be their children’s first and best teachers and helps parents strengthen their families’ skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Family well-being
  • Positive parent-child relationships
  • Families as lifelong learners and educators
  • Family engagement in lifestyle transitions
  • Family connections to peers and community
  • Families as advocates and leaders
Research-Based

Research shows us that 80% of a person’s brain develops in the first five years of life. It also demonstrates that early learning programs help children to succeed in kindergarten, elementary school and beyond. All of EOCF’s preschool programs and services promote high-quality and developmentally appropriate best practices, focusing on the whole child, including cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. School readiness is the focus and foundation for all of EOCF’s programs.

Family Focused

EOCF supports a foundation for parents to be their children’s first and best teachers. Many opportunities exist for parents to build on their strengths, improve their parenting and leadership skills, connect with their community, and advocate for themselves and their families. EOCF helps parents strengthen their families’ skills and experience on their path toward self-sufficiency.

Our History

  • 1967

    Incorporated in 1967 as Economic Opportunity Committee (EOC) of Clark County, a Community Action Program agency to administer War on Poverty programs.

  • Early 1970s

    EOC’s Board of Directors decided to focus exclusively on serving low-income children and families through Head Start, the federal government’s preschool education program.

  • 1980s

    EOC added the Washington State-funded Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP).

  • 1990s

    EOC expanded Head Start services to Pacific County, opened seven new Head Start centers in Clark County, moved a center from Wahkiakum County to Woodland, became the administrator of the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers program (ESIT), and launched Early Head Start and full-day Head Start services.

  • 2000-2010

    EOCF faced several challenges in the first decade of the new millennium related to significant funding decreases and service expansion slowdowns. Proactive management ensured that quality services continued.

  • 2003

    The agency’s name was changed to Educational Opportunities for Children and Families to better reflect the services provided to the community. EOCF also assumed sponsorship of  the HotShots Youth Sports program.

  • 2013

    EOCF introduced our new logo and tagline.

  • 2015-2016

    EOCF opened MacArthur and Ninety Ninth, two new early learning centers, in neighborhoods with the highest need.

  • 2017

    EOCF celebrates 50 years of strengthening children and families in southwest Washington! We continue strong with unwavering dedication to our mission.