Programs

Life-changing, Comprehensive Services

Our programs include quality preschool, childcare and family services provided at no cost to eligible families.

Our programs include

  • Head Start: part-day and full-day classes are offered at our Early Learning Centers
  • Early Head Start: Full-day classes are offered at our Early Learning Centers
  • Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP): part-day classes are offered at our Early Learning Centers
  • Home-based: Head Start and Early Head Start programs are provided by trained teachers that visit the home weekly with curriculum and work together with the child and parent/guardian.
  • Family engagement: The relationship between families and our programs is a high priority, and is critical for children’s success. Research has proven that children learn best when staff and families partner together.
  • Sponsorship of the Vancouver HotShots Youth Sports basketball program for grades 1-6

The relationship between families and our programs is a high priority, and is critical for children’s success. Our top priority is working in partnership with the family, because research has proven that children learn best when staff and families work together. We also offer regular opportunities for parenting support and education.

Our Focus

The Individual Child

Each child is a unique person, so they each have their own learning plan created with the family. Our curriculum is tailored to meet each child’s needs and interests.

Nutrition

We provide nutritious food following USDA guidelines. Children are provided up to 2/3 of their daily nutritional requirements while attending our programs. We work closely with families, their physician and our registered dietitian to meet each child’s special dietary needs. Families can share recipes and culturally diverse meals are offered. Classes on gardening, nutrition, shopping for and cooking healthy foods are available. (Click here to view a sample menu)

Health

Children who are healthy are better learners. EOCF provides health screenings for hearing, vision, development, and height and weight. We support and encourage families in getting regular well-child care. We can help families find a physician, get insurance for their children and connect to other community resources as needed. Outdoor learning and physical activity is important for children’s development and is provided each day.

Dental Care

Families are supported in getting dental checkups each year as it’s hard for children to learn when their teeth hurt. We can help families get dental insurance and find a dentist who cares for young children. All toddlers are provided a toothbrush and toothpaste in the classroom and are encouraged to brush their teeth at school each day.

Family Engagement

All of our programs encourage family participation in the classroom. We also offer free classes with childcare for parenting and child development, health and nutrition, leadership and advocacy, budgeting and shopping, plus fun family events. Parents have an opportunity to join the Parent Policy Council. Our Family Advocates can help parents and guardians locate medical, dental, education and employment services and other community resources.