Preschool Programs

Head Start

Head Start provides full-day and part-day preschool education and family support services for income-eligible children ages 3-5 and their families in Clark, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.

Head Start serves children and families who are income-eligible as well as children who have a diagnosed disability. Head Start serves families and children from ages 3-5 years, preparing them for success in school and life. Options include full-day full-year, home-based, and part-day part-year programs that are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Head Start programs provide comprehensive services for the whole family, including: Respectful relationships, caregiving, and teaching. 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.

Programs Available

  1. Center-based:
    1. Part-day: Preschool is provided at one of our 62 classrooms located throughout Clark County and in Woodland and Long Beach. Morning or afternoon classes are available.
    2. Full-day: Preschool and childcare programs are located at one of our two licensed childcare centers in Vancouver.
  2. Home-based: Qualified teachers bring curriculum and learning supplies when they visit the home once a week for ninety minutes. Staff work together with families to individually focus on each child and family’s specific strengths, needs, resources and goals. Family events are held at a classroom setting twice per month when all enrolled children, families and staff gather for socialization, field trips, learning and fun.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Children must be ages 3 to 5 years. Children who turn age 5 by August 31 are not eligible since they are age-eligible to attend kindergarten in public school.
  • For full-day only:
    • Families must be eligible to receive a subsidy through Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), or Pay the full copay privately.

Please contact us to determine your family’s eligibility and for further information, or apply today and we will contact you.

Participating Locations

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Administrative

EOCF Administration Office
17800 SE Mill Plain Blvd Suite 150
Vancouver, WA 98683
Main: 360-896-9912 | Enrollment: 360-567-2720
Fax: (360) 892-3209

Northern Clark County

Battle Ground (Part Day)
10300 B NE 199th St .
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Woodland (Part Day)
600 Bozarth at 5th
Woodland, WA 98674

Yacolt (Part Day)
406 W Yacolt Rd .
Yacolt, WA 98675

Vancouver

Clark College Child Care (Full-Day)
CFS 107
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663

Crestline (Part Day)
13003 SE 7th St.
Vancouver, WA 98683

Ellsworth (Full & Part Day)
512 SE Ellsworth Rd.
Vancouver, WA 98664

Fruit Valley  (Part Day)
3410 NW Fruit Valley Rd.
Vancouver, WA 98660

Hazel Dell (Part Day)
511 NE Anderson Rd.
Vancouver, WA 98665

Hearthwood (Part Day)
801 NE Hearthwood Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98684

Lake Shore (Part Day)
9300 NW 21st Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98665

Learning Avenues Child Care (Full-Day)
5701 MacArthur Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661

McKenzie (Part Day)
14300 NE 18th St. #963
Vancouver, WA 98684

MacArthur (Part Day)
5300 MacArthur Blvd .
Vancouver, WA 98661

Memorial (Part Day)
2700 E 28th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661

Ninety-Ninth (Full Day)
10002 NE 13th Ave. Ste. 104
Vancouver, WA 98686

Orchards (Part Day)
11405 NE 69th St.
Vancouver, WA 98662

Prairie View (Part Day)
12611 NE 99th St . #KK
Vancouver, WA 98682

Riverview
12601 SW Riverridge
Vancouver, WA 98683

St. Johns (Part Day)
1904 St. Johns Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98663

Sarah J. Anderson (Part Day)
2215 NE 104th St.
Vancouver, WA 98665

Sifton (Part Day)
7301 NE 137th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98682

Silver Star (Part Day)
10500 NE 86th St.
Vancouver, WA 98662

Sunset (Part Day)
9001 NE 95th St.
Vancouver, WA 98662

East Clark County

Hathaway  (Part Day)
630 24th Street
Washougal, WA 98671

ZAC
841 NE 22nd Avenue
Camas, WA 98607

Pacific County

Long Beach Head Start
2611 Pacific Hwy North
Long Beach, WA 98631
360-642-5471

At Home

Home-Based
Teacher Visits Your Home

Program Information


Full-day, part-day and part-year center-based programs provide quality preschool and childcare for children ages 3-5 years.

Monday – Friday
8:30am to 12:00pm*

Transportation: Not Provided
Meals Provided: Breakfast/Lunch

*Times vary by location. Classrooms operate 4 days per week.


Home-Based Program
Teacher provides quality preschool for children ages 3-5 years in the home.

Monday – Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm (varies – 90 minutes, once a week)

Transportation: Not Provided

Our Focus

The Individual Child

Our preschool curriculum is high quality and is tailored to meet each child’s needs and interests. Individual learning plans and goals are created with the family, and we provide tools for each child to be successful.

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.