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Skagit/Islands Head Start and ECEAP earn national recognition

Skagit Valley College’s Skagit/Islands Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) are proud to announce that they have been selected by the National Head Start Association to receive the Edward Zigler Innovation Award for the 2017-18 program year. The award recognizes local Head Start programs that have partnered to create innovative and high impact services to children and families. Skagit Valley College’s Skagit/Islands Head Start and ECEAP have created a collaborative program, with multiple funding sources, that offers an Early Childhood Education certificate through a cohort model — evenings and weekends — and provides resources such as child care to eliminate barriers to attend. All costs of attending are paid by the funding received.

     “Connections with our community are so important to us and help Skagit Islands Head Start and ECEAP meet the needs of our children and their families,” said Mary Ellen Lykins, Director of Head Start. “Together, we are enriching lives and strengthening the communities we serve.”

     Head Start is a federal program which provides free, comprehensive developmental services for America’s low-income, pre-school children aged three to five, and social services for their families. Specific services for children focus on education, socio-emotional development, physical and mental health, and nutrition. Skagit/Islands Head Start provides a safe, healthy, nurturing environment so that each family, child, and staff member may reach their potential within the community. The program currently serves 579 children and families in Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties.   ###

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