Early childhood education: Pre-kindergarten
Vancouver Public Schools has two preschool programs at certain locations, including Fruit Valley Community Learning Center. It also has partnerships with other local agencies that offer child care and early education:
EOCF Head Start and ECEAP programs
An onsite, federally funded preschool for qualifying children 3 to 4 years old. Class starts the first week of September with an orientation.
Contact: Director April Fincher, 360-313-1945, or EOCF at 360-567-2732
Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium
An onsite daycare for toddlers to preschool-age children and before- and after-school care for school-age children.
Contact: Director Tarah Hardin, 360-313-1940
Kindergarten Jump Start
Kindergarten Jump Start is a free program for incoming kindergarteners that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins. Students participate in a variety of math, literacy and hands-on activities; learn school routines; and become familiar with their new surroundings.
Data shows that students who attend Jump Start are better prepared for kindergarten than children who do not participate. They also gain confidence, leadership skills and enthusiasm for school. Don’t miss this opportunity to give your child a successful transition to kindergarten!
To register your child, please contact the Fruit Valley Community Learning Center office.