The Ridgefield School District Early Learning Center will offer more preschool options over the next school year.
The learning center has partnered with Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF) to access more services through the Early Childhood Education and Support Program (ECEAP), according to a press release .
The center will now have additional places for local children aged 3 to 5, especially for those “who experience developmental or environmental factors or whose families meet income eligibility requirements,” the statement said. .
“The Ridgefield School District is committed to providing opportunities for children and families,” said Erika Muir, Early Childhood Learning Coordinator. “This partnership is an important step towards ensuring high quality early childhood education opportunities for our community. “
Children facing developmental delays, disabilities or special needs may be eligible for ECEAP, the statement said. Other factors could include homelessness or living with a foster family.
Staff at ECEAP programs work to build relationships with children and families to support the overall health and well-being of the child, the release said.
Research shows that children who take advantage of early learning opportunities are more likely to enter kindergarten with “improved” math, language and social skills, the statement said.
“Research has also shown that children who receive high-quality early learning services are less likely to be in special education or to repeat a grade in school, less likely to become pregnant as a teenager or to be involved in a crime, are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college, and more likely to have a job and earn more as an adult, ”the statement said.
The Early Learning Center was established in 2019 to serve children in the region. EOCF has been providing services to Clark, Pacific and Cowlitz counties for approximately 28 years.
“Early learning opportunities help children reach their full potential,” said Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District Superintendent. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to expand access to early learning to more children and families in our community.
For any questions regarding the Ridgefield School District Early Learning Center, contact Erika Muir at 360-619-1333 or by email at [email protected].
For more information on EOCF or ECEAP, contact Andi Greear at 360-567-2720 or by email at [email protected].
To register and view frequently asked questions, visit www.eocfwa.org.