Head Start in Grays Harbor, Mason and Thurston Counties and ECEAP in Mason and Thurston counties serve children who are 3 to 4 years old. Priority is given to 4 year olds.
Our highly engaging and energetic learning environments are staffed with warm and caring teaching professionals. They provide a curriculum where children learn social, emotional, language, literacy and cognitive skills, setting a strong foundation for school success. A team of dedicated health staff members are available to help ensure safe environments for all children and help you navigate the health care system to keep your child healthy. Delicious and healthy meals are provided to all children as well. Y
our whole family will benefit from Head Start and ECEAP. Teachers will make plans with your family to get to know you and understand your family's needs and goals. We can also help you find resources to meet your family's needs and interests. Fun family nights occur regularly
Hours of Operation:
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 7 am to 4:30 pm
AM Classes: Tues - Fri 8 am to 11:30 am
PM Classes: Tues - Fri 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Head Start programs support children as cited on the Office of the Administration for Children and Families website (https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/about):
Early learning: Children's readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development
Health: Each child's perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
Family well-being: Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children's learning and development.