Families with young children in Marysville, Arlington, Sultan and Granite Falls can apply beginning in June for one of 82 openings in the North Snohomish County Early Head Start program, thanks to a federal grant.
Snohomish County offers one of three Head Start programs in a four-state area to be awarded an Early Head Start grant by the national Office of Head Start. The county will receive $2.45 million in federal stimulus funds during the next two years.
"The inclusion of Early Head Start in our county services provides an opportunity to bring public health, early intervention, housing assistance and a comprehensive early childhood education program to eligible families," Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon said. "This furthers our commitment to the children of Snohomish County, who will become tomorrow's workforce and leaders."
The Early Head Start program provides free year-round services that include weekly home visits with play-and-learn group socializations; developmental screenings and assessments; health, nutrition and mental-health referrals; family goal-planning; and parent education and leadership opportunities.
The program provides services to infants, toddlers and pregnant women prior to their likely enrollment in the county-run Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), which serves about 1,000 preschool students.
Much like ECEAP, the Early Head Start program provides family-centered services for low-income families and is designed to promote the development of children while helping parents fulfill their roles and move toward self-sufficiency.
For more information on the North Snohomish County Early Head Start and the application process, contact program director Joe Varano at 425-388-7251 or email@example.com.