Letter: More early learning options available



As its executive director, I was disappointed that our agency, Educational Opportunities for Children and Families, was not given an opportunity to provide more information about our early learning offerings for young children prior to publication of the Aug. 17 Columbian advertising supplement, “Education Guide.” EOCF operates Head Start, Early Head Start, and ECEAP (Washington state funded early learning program) for children ages birth to 5. Our programs include comprehensive family services to support our high quality preschool education.

We are funded to serve low-income families. We operate some programs year-round and some during the traditional school year. Early learning designed to support parents as first and best teachers of their young children is foundational to later success in school and in life. We encourage parents to contact us to determine if they qualify for the programs we offer for young learners. We can be reached at 360-567-2720 or our website at http://www.eocfwa.org.

I give The Columbian kudos for the fine story on the importance of parents reading to young children published Aug. 12, “Increasing number of low-income parents reading to their children.”.

Doug Lehrman