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EWU Early Head Start

WHAT IS EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY EARLY HEAD START?

  • Serves a minimum of 116 low-income pregnant women, infants and toddlers through a home-based program option in Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties (the Tri-Counties of Northeast Washington).  See Service Area Map
  • $1.8 million per year federal grant
  • Employs approximately 30 full time EWU staff members, over 80% live and work in the Tri-Counties plus additional part-time employees and subcontractors
  • EWU has provided Early Head Start Services in the Tri-Counties since 1998.
  • Based on the needs of each family, EWU EHS partners with parents and other community agencies to provide and coordinate a wide range of services.

Since 1992, Eastern Washington University (EWU) has provided high quality comprehensive services to families with infants and toddlers in Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties.

(See the Annual Report for more details about the EWU EHS program).

 

WHAT EARLY HEAD START SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?

EWU Early Head Start provides year-round services including:

Parent education and support
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Parenting skills
  • Regular social events
  • Referrals to other services and agencies
  • Family goal setting
Infant and toddler health and nutrition
  • Hearing screenings and referrals
  • Nutrition screenings by a registered dietician
  • Vision screenings and referrals
  • Immunization tracking
  • Well Child Exam tracking
  • Connecting families with a medical provider
  • Connecting infants and toddlers with a dental home
Infant and toddler development
  • Developmental screenings for infants and toddlers
  • Individualized services for each child
  • Staff trained in early childhood education
  • Healthy attachment and bonding
Coordinated services for children with disabilities
Prenatal and post-partum education and support

 

WHERE DO FAMILIES RECEIVE SERVICES?

Home-based

Families can receive year-round Early Head Start services in their own home in:

  • Stevens County
  • Ferry County
  • Pend Oreille County

 

WHO CAN RECEIVE EARLY HEAD START SERVICES?

EWU EHS serves:

  • Pregnant women
  • Infants
  • Toddlers (up to age 3 years)

Early Head Start is a voluntary federal program for low income families (determined by the federal poverty guidelines).

Families above the federal poverty level may be eligible if they:

  • Have a foster child
  • Have a child with special needs or a disability
  • Live outside the city limits of Colville, Newport, Chewelah or Kettle Falls (by special permission of regional Office of Head Start)

 

HOW CAN A FAMILY ENROLL?

Families can get more information about enrolling by:

Calling toll free: 1.800.776.9136

- OR -

Stop by the EWU Colville EHS Center

EWU Colville Early Head Start Center
146 D Buena Vista Rd.
Colville, WA 99114
(509) 685-1815

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Stop by the Newport Office

EWU Early Head Start Newport Office
233 N. Washington Ave.
Newport, WA 99156
(509) 447-5843
 

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