Woodland Public Schools partners with ESD 112 and others to encourage families to register students for preschool

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Woodland Public Schools announces the introduction of the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), a preschool program free for qualified students in Woodland, with enrollment starting now for the year-long program beginning on Tuesday, September 26.

Studies show that attending preschool dramatically improves student learning for all students throughout their K-12 academic careers.
Studies show that attending preschool dramatically improves student learning for all students throughout their K-12 academic careers. 

Woodland offers free preschool for eligible families.

Woodland Public Schools partnered with Educational Service District 112 (ESD112), a provider of educational services to school districts, to offer free preschool services to eligible families through the ECEAP program. The program starts on Tuesday, September 26 and continues through the end of the school year with preschoolers attending from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at Woodland Primary School located at 600 Bozarth Street, Woodland, WA 98674.

The ECEAP program offers free preschool to students of families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program as well as students who meet other qualifications such as being homeless or in foster care. In addition to preschool instruction, the program offers free developmental screenings and referrals; free nutritious snacks and meals for students; free health and dental screenings; home visits; and much more.

The district leadership team looks forward to having additional preschool offerings in the Woodland community. “We're deeply excited to work with ESD 112 because they have a truly high-quality program in ECEAP,” said Asha Riley, Assistant Superintendent for Woodland Public Schools. “We're looking forward to working closely with the ECEAP team and providing whatever support our programs need.”

Enrollment for the ECEAP program is underway now. Parents who would like to register their student for preschool or who are interested in determining if their student qualifies can contact the ECEAP program by calling (360) 952-3466, emailing Jackie Brock at jackie.brock@esd112.org, or by contacting Woodland Primary School at (360) 841-2900.

All students benefit from attending preschool, regardless of socioeconomic status or demographic background.
All students benefit from attending preschool, regardless of socioeconomic status or demographic background. 

Preschool benefits all students from all walks of life.

All students benefit dramatically from attending preschool regardless of their family’s socioeconomic status or demographic background. “Some individuals may believe only children from low-income families benefit from preschool, however this concept is patently false,” said Ingrid Colvard, Principal of Woodland Primary School. “A report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) clearly demonstrates that all students, regardless of background or socioeconomic status, see important social and cognitive improvements from preschool education across all levels.”

Unfortunately, many children aren’t prepared for a K-12 education without attending preschool. “Parents make a tremendous impact on a child’s sense of self-awareness and social capability,” explained Colvard. “However, the NIEER report determined that a large percentage of kindergartners lack important school readiness skills like following directions or working independently – skills taught in effective preschool programs.”

The benefits of preschool aren’t temporary, either; preschool ensures improved student learning through a student’s entire academic career. “Studies show that students who attended preschool not only increase their test scores in every grade, but they also experience significant social and emotional benefits,” said Colvard. “These benefits cannot be ignored – preschool really is vital to every student’s academic success.”

Preschool teaches socio-economic, language, literacy, physical, and cognitive skills needed for a student's success throughout school.
Preschool teaches socio-emotional, language, literacy, physical, and cognitive skills needed for a student's success throughout school. 

Woodland’s kindergartners need to attend preschool.

Washington State conducts research on students entering the K-12 education system through the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) to assess students’ strengths and needs to enable all students to be successful in school. The district administration team sees disturbing trends in recent study results from the 2016-17 school year.

The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment indicates that upon entering kindergarten, Woodland’s newest students lack the following skills:

  • Socio-Emotional Skills: 68.9% do not have the socio-emotional skills such as regulating behavior, establishing positive relationships, and participating cooperatively in group situations.
  • Language Skills: 57.9% do not have the necessary language skills such as listening and understanding; using language to express thoughts and needs; and using appropriate communication skills.
  • Literacy Skills: 6% do not have the necessary literacy skills such as noticing rhyme or small units of sound; knowing the alphabet; demonstrating knowledge of print and its uses; comprehending and responding to books; and demonstrating emergent writing skills such as writing their own names.
  • Physical Skills: 7% do not have the necessary physical skills such as traveling, balancing, and fine-motor strength with coordination.
  • Cognitive Skills: 6% do not have the necessary cognitive skills such as demonstrating positive approaches to learning; remembering and connecting experiences; using classification skills; and thinking symbolically by using symbols and images to represent something not present.
  • Math Skills: 4% do not have the necessary math skills such as using number concepts and operations like counting or connecting numbers with their quantities; and understanding shapes and their relationships to one another.

“The majority of our entering kindergartners aren’t prepared in one or more of the six areas studied by WaKIDS,” explains Colvard. “These disturbing results can be reversed by ensuring our students have access to and attend a preschool program aligned with what entering students need to know in kindergarten.”

Woodland Public Schools seeks collaborative partnerships with local preschool programs to increase access for all Woodland students to attend.
Woodland Public Schools seeks collaborative partnerships with local preschool programs to increase access for all Woodland students to attend. 

Woodland Public Schools seeks community partners to increase preschool access for all students.

In addition to ECEAP, Woodland Public Schools partners with Head Start and the Woodland Preschool Cooperative to offer preschool programs to students.

Head Start, a Federal program promoting school readiness of children from birth to age five, provides learning support and other services to low-income families. Woodland Public Schools offers a Head Start program on the Woodland Primary School campus.

The Woodland Preschool Cooperative started in 1971 as a partnership between Woodland Public Schools, the Fort Vancouver Library, and the Woodland Fire and Police Departments. Recently, Woodland Public Schools teamed up with the cooperative to offer a dedicated learning space at Woodland Primary School. “The cooperative prepares children for kindergarten by teaching early education skills and learning techniques,” said Jody Brentin, Senior Board Member. “Both of my daughters attended the coop before entering kindergarten which inspired me to join the organization’s board of directors.”

In order to increase preschool offerings in the Woodland community, district leadership seeks partnerships with community members and local preschool programs. “We are looking for ways to partner with existing local programs to increase access to preschool so all Woodland students can attend a preschool before they begin kindergarten,” said Riley. “By collaborating with our local preschools, we can ensure our preschoolers are ‘kindergarten-ready’ by aligning the skills learned in preschool with those students need in full-time K-12 schooling.”

Community members and preschool programs interested in partnering with Woodland Public Schools can contact Ingrid Colvard, Principal of the Woodland Primary School, at (360) 841-2900 or via email at colvardi@woodlandschools.org.

For more information on Woodland Public Schools preschool programs:

  • Woodland ECEAP Preschool: Contact ESD 112 at (360) 952-3466 or (360) 750-7500, email Jackie Brock at brock@esd112.org, or contact Woodland Primary School at (360) 841-2900. ENROLLING NOW! 

  • Woodland Cooperative Preschool: Contact Teacher Jennifer at (360) 263-6234 or the Woodland Primary School at (360) 841-2900.
  • Woodland Head Start Preschool: Contact ESD 112 at (360) 750-7500 or visit their website at http://web3.esd112.org/early-head-start-enrollment-info

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