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About Head Start

The Lower Columbia College Head Start, Early Head Start, and Early Childhood Education Assistant Programs provide quality early childhood education experiences. Services available to children and families who meet eligibility requirements.

In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social and other services. Head Start services are responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage.

Important Head Start Information

Apply for Head Start, Early Head Start (EHS) and Early Childhood Education Assistant Program (ECEAP).

Applications accepted year round.

  Application Form

Please fill out application form completely. All information will be kept confidential. It will be used to help us determine if your family is eligible for services and to prioritize your placement on the waiting list.

If you have any questions about this application, or need help completing it, please call us at (360) 442-2800 or email you!

About Head Start & Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

Head Start and ECEAP are federally and state funded free preschool programs that serve income eligible children age 3-5 years. Local programs consist of part day services 3 1/2 hours a day, 3-4 days a week and run September to June. Full day services are 6 hours a day, 5 days a week and run September to June.

About Early Head Start (EHS)

Early Head Start is a federally funded free program that serves pregnant women, infants and toddlers through weekly home visits. It promotes healthy pre-natal care and healthy attachments and development for children from the earliest stages.

“Our vision is that families be empowered to make a positive difference in their lives and in the community where we all live, work and learn”.

Programs designed for low-income families with children aged prenatal to 5 years.

See eligibility information, including current federal poverty level guidelines.

Opportunities available for volunteers!

Head Start receives monetary credit for volunteer time. Eighty (80%) of the Head Start budget comes from the Federal government. The additional 20% must come from local sources, which includes volunteer time as well as monetary donations.

Volunteers must complete an application form, authorize a Background Check, and meet certain health requirements depending on their volunteer classification. Some classifications also require a Food Handler Card.

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Early Learning Center

Licensed, full-service child care center for children ages one months to kindergarten entry. Services are open to LCC students. employees, and community members.

Early Childhood Education Degree and Certificate Programs

Early Childhood Education

Full time program that provides the student with both academic coursework and preschool and public school experience necessary to become a beginning teacher of children ages birth to 5 years.


Direct transfer programs for students seeking a primary or secondary teaching certification.

Contact Head Start

General Office

   (360) 442-2800
Fax (360) 442-2819

  Mindy Leasure, Interim Director

  (360) 442-2802

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