early childhood education (ECE)

Early childhood education provides enriching experiences that help children learn and develop in a number of ways. The early childhood day is focused on building skills that are important for all children. As part of their play in ECE programs, children develop behaviors such as persistence, empathy, problem solving and thinking skills.

Who to Contact

Name Title Phone E-mail
Jennifer White Early Learning Program Manager 253-583-5155 jwhite@cloverpark.k12.wa.us
Wilma Benavides Assistant Early Learning Manager 253-583-5147 wbenavid@cloverpark.k12.wa.us

Enrollment in Early Childhood Education

Enrollment for ECEAP and Head Start is year round. Call 253-583-5167 to request an enrollment packet be mailed to you, or download the forms provided below.

Application Packets

School Year 2014-2015 Application Packets

BY MAIL:

  1. Download the application form file to your computer
  2. Fill in the file and save it
  3. Print out the application form file and sign it
  4. Attach a copy (not original) of your income documents to the application form
    1. Applications received without income documents attached cannot be processed
  5. Mail the application form and income documents to:
    Clover Park Head Start/ECEAP APPLICATIONS
    10903 Gravelly LK DR SW, Room #5
    Lakewood, WA 98499

BY EMAIL:

  1. Download the application form to your computer
  2. Fill in the file and save it
  3. Attach the file to an email
  4. Attach a copy of your income documents to that same email
    1. Please make sure your income documents are in JPG or PDF format
    2. Applications received without income documents attached cannot be processed
  5. E-mail the application form and income documents to: HS-ECEAP@cloverpark.k12.wa.us

Questions and Answers

Q. What is the purpose of Early Childhood Education (ECE)?

A. Early childhood education provides enriching experiences that help children learn and develop in a number of ways. The early childhood day is focused on building skills that are important for all children. As part of their play in ECE programs, children develop behaviors such as persistence, empathy, problem solving and thinking skills. For many children, ECE serves as an equalizer to their peers.

Q. What ECE programs does Clover Park School District offer?

A. ECE is provided through Head Start, Early Head Start, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). ECE programs are located in 13 elementary schools. All programs are half day. For more information, view our Early Childhood Education Programs brochure.

Q. What is the focus for Head Start and ECEAP programs?

A. The comprehensive programs include preschool, nutrition, parenting skills and health components.

Q. What is Early Head Start?

A. Early Head Start provides free services to eligible families with infants and toddlers. For more information, view our Early Head Start flyer (English) and in Español.

Q. How does a child qualify for ECE?

A. Head Start and ECEAP programs serve four-year-olds from low-income families, although occasionally three-year-olds are eligible. If you believe your child has a disability and requires Special Education Services, a Child find screening can be scheduled.

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