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LCC Head Start/EHS/ECEAP believes that engaging families is one of the most important aspects of the program.  We respect parents/guardians, recognize that they are the first and most important teachers in their child's life, and are responsible for their child's well-being.  Our family engagement program incorporates social and learning opportunities for parents and their children.  By centering our program on the essential pieces of an early learning partner, we provide a holistic program that encompasses education, health, parent engagement and social services.

The family engagement program endeavors to:

  • Invite families to participate in decision making and goal setting for their child
  • Engage parents in a two-conversation, sharing resources and encouraging active participation in the program
  • We provide learning activities for the home to promote school readiness and encourage families to create a learning environment in their own home
  • We invite parents/guardians to take part in program level decisions and in wider advocacy efforts for Head Start/EHS/ECEAP in regards to their family and development of their child(ren). 

Dad & Mom with Infant

Community Resources in Cowlitz County

Taking Charge Cowlitz is multiple agencies (Department of Social & Health Services, WorkSource and future contributing partners) who strive to make a difference and assist to move those in poverty, out of poverty. 

Health Links

Other Useful Links

School Readiness Links

  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
    • A guide to what children should know and do in five central development domains from birth to age 5.
  • Sesame Street and Communities
  • Vroom
    • Vroom Tips™ help you do more with your shared moments. Add learning to mealtime, bath time, bedtime, or anytime with 1000+ fun, free activities.
    • Free, science-based tips and tools help parents and caregivers give children a great start in life today. This is a website and free app that parents and caregivers can access activities to do with their child.
  • Washington State Early Learning Development Guidelines
  • Zero to Three

Mental Health

At Lower Columbia College Head Start/EHS/ECEAP we help families and staff support children's social/emotional health and development.  One of the ways we do this in our program is through the Social Emotional Support Services Program led by Licensed Infant and Child Mental Health Specialists.  Our goal is to provide early identification and intervention for social and emotional needs so that children can be school ready.

Social-Emotional/Community Mental Health Resources

Crisis Services

Community Mental Health Service Providers Working with Children/Families

Social Emotional-Mental Health Online Resources

School Routines - Separating from Parents

Transitions can often be difficult for young children. They don't automatically know how to understand or handle the Big feelings that may come with Hello and Goodbye times in routines.  Families may also find themselves looking for some support at these times as well or searching for some ideas in supporting their child.  In our program we have many opportunities to help children practice learning the skills to handle these parts of routines while they continue to build strong relationships.  We have some ideas for how we can be helpful together and look forward to building on these ideas together with our families.  (See - Ways to Say Goodbye-English and Ways to Say Goodbye-Spanish)


Contact Head Start

General Office

   (360) 442-2800
Fax (360) 442-2819
  headstart.info@lowercolumbia.edu

  Mindy Leasure, Director

  (360) 442-2801
  mleasure@lowercolumbia.edu

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