Early Learning Champions Awards Luncheon Was a Great Community Celebration!

The Friends of EOCF hosted a wonderful community celebration at Club Green Meadows on May 10th! Senator Patty Murray welcomed guests via an inspiring video as she congratulated the awardees and extended her gratitude to all who work tirelessly for young children and families. (view the video here) Joel Ryan, Executive Director of Washington Association of Head Start and ECEAP (WSA), updated guests on the funding status and current and future trends in early learning.

It was a privilege to honor the eleven community members pictured here for their excellence as Early Learning Champions. Pictured from left to right: Jan Flock, Amy Lee and Youth Services at Ft.Vancouver Reg. Library, Nancy Trevena, Nonie Laurine, Joy Studer and Messiah Lutheran Church, Karen Kunkler, Talia Shide, Sarah Theberge, Debbie Jennerjohn, Diane Loghry and Dr. Jane Lanigan. The southwest Washington community is grateful for their dedication and important work.

Generous guests donated $2500 to purchase books to give children birth to five years old in EOCF’s early learning programs. They will take home these books as their very own.

Thank you to Katie Gillespie and The Columbian for reporting on the event as shown at the link below.

http://www.columbian.com/…/early-learning-champions-celebr…/

EOCF believes that everyone who supports early childhood education is a champion! We trust that you agree.

Senator Patty Murray Will Kick Off the Early Learning Champions Awards Luncheon May 10th

Senator Patty Murray will welcome guests via video and Joel Ryan, Executive Director of WSA (Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP), will give the keynote address as the sixth annual Early Learning Champions Awards are presented.

Vancouver, WA: The sixth annual Early Learning Champions Awards Luncheon will be held at Club Green Meadows on May 10, from 12:00 pm-1:30 pm. Senator Patty Murray will welcome guests via video and the keynote address will be presented by Joel Ryan, Executive Director of WSA (Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP). The following eleven community members will be honored for their outstanding contribution to programs that support early learning (birth-to-five) education in southwest Washington and beyond.

  • Debbie Jennerjohn – Ultimate Truck Service – former EOCF Parent Policy Council and Board Member
  • Dr. Jane Lanigan – WSU Vancouver-Human Development
  • Sarah Theberge – Clark College-Early Childhood Education
  • Diane Loghry – Camas School District
  • Nancy Trevena – Educational Opportunities for Children & Families (EOCF)
  • Jan Flock – Evergreen School Dist.
  • Nonie Laurine – Y’s Care Children’s Program, YWCA Clark Co.
  • Youth Services Staff – Ft. Vancouver Regional Library Dist.
  • Messiah Lutheran Church – Joy Studer
  • Talia Shide – Children’s Home Society
  • Karen Kunkler – Colonial Life

“We are honored to have Senator Patty Murray and Joel Ryan, Executive Director, WSA participate in our Early Learning Champions Awards Luncheon this year! Both are champions for early learning—and this Southwest Washington early learning community is grateful for their continuous support and advocacy! This year’s award recipients truly reflect this passionate early learning community more than ever with co-champions sharing four of the seven award categories! I invite you to come and join in the celebration!” Carol Foster, EOCF Executive Director.

 Early Learning Champions Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12-1:30 p.m.

Club Green Meadows at 7703 NE 72nd Avenue, Vancouver

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Reservations are $20.

Contact earlylearningchampions@eocfwa.org or 360.567.2701 to get on the waiting list.

Congratulations to the 2017 Early Learning Champions!

The Friends of EOCF are pleased to announce the 2017 Early Learning Champions Award recipients who were chosen because of their outstanding investment of time, talent, and treasure in programs that support birth-to-five education.

  • Alan Ham Leadership Award: Debbie Jennerjohn – Ultimate Truck Service – former EOCF Parent Policy Council and Board Member
  • Community Early Learning Champion: Dr. Jane Lanigan – WSU Vancouver-Human Development
  • Community Early Learning Champion: Sarah Theberge – Clark College-Early Childhood Ed.
  • Community Early Learning Staff Person: Diane Loghry – Camas School District
  • Community Early Learning Staff Person: Nancy Trevena – Educational Opportunities for Children & Families (EOCF)
  • Community Early Learning Volunteer: Jan Flock – Evergreen School Dist. Occupational Therapist
  • Community Early Learning Volunteer: Nonie Laurine – Y’s Care Children’s Program-YWCA Clark
  • Community Partner: Youth Services Staff – Ft. Vancouver Reg. Library Dist.
  • Community Partner: Messiah Lutheran Church – Joy Studer
  • Community Outstanding New Professional: Talia Shide – Children’s Home Society
  • EOCF Business Partner: Karen Kunkler – Colonial Life Benefits Counselor

The Selection Committee had quite a challenge choosing only seven awardees, because all of the nominees are true champions! Note that there are two award recipients in four of the seven categories!  Please join us in congratulating these “Champions” and make plans now to honor them and celebrate early learning at the sixth annual:

Early Learning Champions Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12-1:30 p.m.

Buffet opens at 11:30

Club Green Meadows at 7703 NE 72nd Avenue, Vancouver

Reservations are still $20 or $160 for a table of 8 and are available on EOCF’s website at:

click here or info@eocfwa.org or 360.567.2701

Enjoy succinct presentations and general seating—except reserved tables for “Champions” and sponsors.

Thank you, 2017 Champions, for your passionate contributions to our early learning efforts. Thank you, everyone, for your participation and ongoing support.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Aetna, Pacific Continental Bank, Winston and Jan Asai, D & E Auto Care, EOCF Board Members, Friends of EOCF, LeeAnna Murray, Merna Folkerts, Pacific Office Automation, USI and Ultimate Truck Service.

See you on May 10th for our community celebration!

New Report is Released: State of Our Children and Families

Children are our future!

In the beginning. . .

Early learning describes that magical time period from birth to kindergarten, a time when immense brain development happens. The brain is a sponge soaking up love, family culture, word development, creativity and many other simple important life skills that will create a giant canvas and impact these bundles of joy for their entire lives. That’s a lot to wrap your mind around. That means that these first five years need to offer learning in everything.

Early learning in southwest Washington. . .

For a mighty small army of early learning professionals, none of this is new information. A number of individuals and organizations, including EOCF, have been working together on behalf of children and families throughout the region to ensure that children are ready for kindergarten. We invite you to review this excellent new report focusing on SW Washington by clicking this link: http://selfwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/SELF_State-of-the-Children-17-02-20.pdf. Thanks to Support for Early Learning and Families (SELF) and Southwest Washington Early Learning Regional Coalition (SWEL) for their diligence in gathering and reporting this important data.

Today and into the future. . .

The Washington State Department of Early Learning recently set an inspirational goal: “By 2020, 90% of five-year-olds will be ready for kindergarten with race, ethnicity and family income no longer predictors of readiness.”  EOCF continues strong with unwavering dedication to our mission.

(excerpts taken from State of Our Children and Families Report 2017)

 

Early Learning Champions Awards Luncheon

EOCF Provides Extra Support for Young Children with Sensory Processing Disorder Thanks to Generous Donations

EOCF has experienced a significant increase in the number of children who have trouble navigating their environment. As children develop, they explore with their senses (sights, smell, hearing, taste, touch, and movement). For some children this can cause an overload of information and they don’t know how to process what they are experiencing.  This can look like: Read more

EOCF Received a $10,000 Grant to Complete a Playground for Vulnerable Young Children

Washougal WA – Washougal preschool children participating in programs at Hathaway Elementary School now have age-appropriate playground components to play on.  The project was led by Educational Opportunities for Children & Families (EOCF) who operates their state-funded early learning programs from a building alongside the Hathaway Elementary preschool. Read more

Make a Difference Day – H.B. Fuller Employees Helped at-risk Children at EOCF!

(Vancouver, WA)  On October 21, 2016, H.B. Fuller closed part of their facility in Vancouver, donated supplies, and paid their employees to complete projects at five of EOCF’s early learning centers for children ages birth-5.  Volunteers built playground equipment and sandboxes, painted buildings, classrooms and kitchens, did landscaping, assisted classroom teachers and administration and donated project supplies. This is the fourth year that H.B. Fuller has generously chosen to serve at-risk families at EOCF during their global Make a Difference Campaign. EOCF staff remarked that H.B. Fuller employees are hard working, dedicated and enjoy the work. Read more