Learn how more than 33 million Americans got a head start on their education.

Watch this video, courtesy of the National Head Start Association. Then scroll below for more information about the Lower Columbia College Head Start program.

About Lower Columbia College Head Start Programs

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Programs designed for low-income families with children aged prenatal to 5 years. Applications accepted year round.

Mission Statement

Lower Columbia College Head Start/Early Head Start/Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a holistic program that provides quality early childhood education experiences through comprehensive services that support income eligible children and families, prenatal to five.

We are committed to building healthier communities by providing school readiness to each child through:

  • Working together with each parent/guardian in their role as the primary nurturer and educator of their child
  • Nurturing each child's and family's unique qualities and potential
  • Partnering with families; building upon their strengths
  • Creating an environment that promotes respect, diversity and growth
  • Collaborating with community partners in Cowlitz County

“Our vision is that families be empowered to make a positive difference in their lives and in the community where we all live, work and learn”.

Administrative Staff Directory

Mindy Leasure Director 360-442-2801
Erin Mattision Assistant Director 360-442-2802
Jill Groves Area Manager, LCC West Center 360-442-2813
Teresa Madsen  Area Manager, LCC East Center 360-442-2826
Julie McReary Area Manager, Broadway ECEAP Center 360-578-6712
Kim Hendrickson Area Manager, Memorial Park Center 360-578-6751
Mandy Ransom Area Manager, Barnes Centers 360-578-6731
Kristine Langley Area Manager, Early Head Start Home Base 360-578-6711
Michelle Strozyk Area Manager, Longview Early Head Start Partnership 360-562-6603
Laurie Severson School Readiness Specialist 360-442-2821
Cheri Moroney Disabilities Specialist 360-442-2809
Lily Terry Health Specialist 360-442-2807
Leah Sanchez Administrative Services Manager 360-442-2803
Chelie Murphy Family Services/Parent Engagement Specialist 360-442-2811
Karen Johnson Fiscal Analyst 360-442-2806
Sherri Tryon Food Service Manager 360-442-2830
Paul Youmans Community Partner/PR Specialist 360-423-8704
Vickie Giles Transportation Manager 360-575-7867

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the UDSA, it Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in language other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email:

Contact Head Start

General Office

   (360) 442-2800
Fax (360) 442-2819

  Mindy Leasure, Director

  (360) 442-2801

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