Mid-Columbia Children’s Council
Sponsored by Pietro’s Pizza
1100 E. Marina Way, Suite 215
Hood River, OR 97031
Educating children and families with innovative, high-quality early childhood learning opportunities and family partnerships to build better communities, one person at a time.
Nurturing Children and Families Today, Strengthening Communities for Tomorrow
– PROGRAM OVERVIEW –
Who We Are:
Mid-Columbia Children’s Council (MCCC) is a comprehensive family-centered organization providing quality preschool and early childhood programs in Oregon and Washington States.
Head Start: A national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social, emotional and cognitive development of children ages 3-5 through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.
Early Head Start: A national program providing comprehensive child and family development services for low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers ages birth to three years. The Early Head Start program was established in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years greatly matter in a children’s growth and development.
Oregon Pre-Kindergarten (OPK): Funded by the State of Oregon Department of Education and is a counterpart to the Federal Head Start program. The program serves three and four year old children whose family income is below 100 percent of the federal poverty threshold and adheres to all federal Head Start Performance Standards.
Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP): Funded by the State of Washington Department of Early Learning (DEL). The program provides quality early childhood education that helps children succeed in school and beyond. Children have fun learning in a safe and healthy environment that is designed especially for four-year-olds.
Education: The most important goal in our preschool classrooms is for teachers to help children become self-confident, inquisitive, and enthusiastic learners ready for kindergarten. We do this by getting to know each child and their family. By building this relationship, teachers are better able to support children’s learning. Parents and teachers work together in discovering ways to develop each child’s unique personality, their interests and skills.
Family: Providing activities that focus on inclusion of, and attention to, the entire family as well as the influence that community services and social structures have on the family system. Parents are encouraged to view themselves as the primary influence on their child’s development and are supported in their personal growth. Local resources are used to provide a well-rounded system of services for families based on their expressed needs and interests. Care is given to ensure that parents are given the opportunity to be included in the program in their own language, and cultural respect is a vital part of any interaction with parents.
Health, Nutrition & Safety: Research shows that what happens during the first five years of life is critical to healthy child development. Health services promote a child and family’s overall health through education, early identification, treatment, nutrition and health promotion. Our program partners with parents/guardians to obtain any necessary health services for your child to ensure they are ready for kindergarten.
Mental Health: Mental Health Specialist provides services to make school a positive experience for children by helping build on strengths to address social, emotional and behavioral concerns. Services also link families with community resources that can assist in resolving needs and concerns.
– GIVING OPPORTUNITIES –
Every donation counts. We accept cash or checks at our corporate office or through the mail and appropriate In-kind donations for classroom resources, property, building space, marketing, web design, legal or other professional services.
We are always looking for volunteers to assist at our sites, read to children or help with a project.
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