Child Care & Family Services

Department Update

Program Spotlight - Child Nutrition Program

The ESD 112 Child Nutrition Program is available to all licensed child care providers, and some exempt providers, in several counties across Washington State. The Child Nutrition Program is a USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Our program works directly with Family Child Care providers and ensures that the meals they serve are nutritionally balanced and meet the requirements set forth by the USDA. We also educate providers on serving sizes, healthy eating habits, and the importance of physical activity.

Abby Silva provides support to Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties. Casey Fisher provides support to Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania Counties. Kolleen Bump is the Child Nutrition Coordinator and Cory Virgin is our Claims Processor.

The biggest benefit in participating in the program is knowing that you have the resources and support needed to serve children nutritious meals that meet the USDA requirements. Other benefits include:

  • Monthly meal reimbursement
  • Online claiming and record keeping system
  • Preplanned and printable menus for parents
  • Efficient way to track meals for tax purposes
  • Free STARS training
  • Curriculum ideas and materials
  • A selling point for families looking for a child care that provides nutritious meals and snacks

For more information about the Child Nutrition Program call 360-952-3375 to schedule a meeting or to get more information.

new staff - welcome to the team!

Child Care Aware Specialists

  • Melissa Carson
  • Carol Flynn
  • Sonya Messina

1, 2, 3 Grow & Learn Family Support Specialists

  • Naomi Frein
  • Corianne Tubbs

Early Head Start Family Support Specialist

  • Alicia Roberts

ECEAP Family Service Workers

  • Amber Hoggatt
  • Heidi Guiney
  • Jamie Brown
  • Mary Coulton

In- Service Week

This year's in-service week gave us an excellent opportunity to gather the entire department. A big thank you to everyone that worked hard on putting together breakout sessions for our large group. Hopefully everyone was able to take advantage of the opportunity to connect with each other and further professional development. It is always great to get the team together!

ECEAP Pathway Project

This year we received funding for the ECEAP Pathway Project.

Purpose: We are interested in supporting the state’s efforts to incorporate ECEAP into licensed child care programs by piloting an intensive training and technical assistance model that supports child care providers to prepare for and implement high quality ECEAP services within their programs.

Value Statement: We believe that all children deserve high quality early learning opportunities and that there are a variety of program models that can support this learning for children in Washington State.

Goal: At least 10 child care programs will apply either as a contractor or a subcontractor to accept ECEAP slots in the 2016-2017 year.

Assumptions: ESD 112 and Community Minded Enterprises in Spokane will work closely with one another as well as local and state partners to solicit and incorporate feedback and suggestions into a model that can be replicated statewide. Participating child care programs will be Early Achievers participants who have achieved a Quality Level of Excellence.

Bezos Family Foundation

We received funding from the Bezos Family Foundation to continue our Frontiers of Innovation work with the University of Washington. This next phase of rapid cycle research and evaluation will take place at Image and Burton Elementary schools. The 1, 2, 3 Grow & Learn will host the SEACAP parenting intervention, targeting four parenting skills, while offering mindfulness practices that support executive function skill development for both children and adults. Rachel Fox and Corianne Tubbs will facilitate the parenting intervention and Julia McGillis will conduct the research assessments.

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