Mark your calendars!
Encompass preschool and toddler-group registration begins Monday, January 13, 2014!
The EARLY years are LEARNING years
At Encompass preschool, we help make them count!
Erica (top) builds her own version of Stonehenge, while Nitya (lower left) and Kyler follow suit with their own colorful block creations. (Photos by Nikki Slaght)
Encompass Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a widely recognized mark of high-quality. To view a 90-second video about this group's accreditation process click accreditation.
Creative Curriculum for Preschool has been adopted as the foundation for all planning and assessing for students. Click here to view a chapter from the Creative Curriculum manual on How Children Develop and Learn
Please click here for our updated Early Learning Handbook!
The no-cost or low-cost Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) is available to income-eligible families in our preschool. For more information, please contact Haley Williamson, ECEAP family support specialist; ext. 1217.
Cause for celebration! The 2012-2013 school year marked the 25th anniversary of the involvement of Encompass in the state program that supports families of low income to allow their children to attend preschool. The program is called ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program). Enrollment of ECEAP 3- and 4-year-olds is ongoing. This is a free program providing three half-days of preschool, hot meals, field trips, bus transportation, health screenings and support services. For more information, call Haley Williamson, ECEAP family support specialist at Encompass, at 425.888.2777, Ext. 1217, or e-mail her.
TEACHING THE TEACHERS -- AT ENCOMPASS!
Preschools, parent educators benefit from recent Encompass training sessions
NORTH BEND, Wash. — Encompass, the premier children and family services organization in the Snoqualmie Valley, is known for its longstanding excellence in educating preschoolers and teaching parents to improve their skills. Increasingly, however, Encompass is also carving an enhanced reputation: as a premier place to teach the teachers. Evidence of this trend recently abounded:
* The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) brought to Encompass a dozen teachers of preschoolers from families with low incomes. The teachers, part of the state’s Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP), attended a full-day workshop focusing on the use of environmental cues to invite inquiry and deepen curiosity in children, says Candace McKenzie, PSESD education coordinator. To prepare for the session, McKenzie came to Encompass to videotape teacher Julie Forslin’s “circle time,” during which Forslin elicits preschoolers’ ideas to create an “emergent curriculum.” “Encompass does a lot of things that we enjoy showing other teachers,” McKenzie says.
* The state Department of Social and Health Services sponsored a statewide, three-day Parent-Child Interaction Training (PCIT) seminar at Encompass. PCIT is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program to boost parenting skills and reduce child behavior problems. Seven future PCIT providers from Spokane, Lacey, Bothell and Seattle attended the training, conducted by Encompass PCIT coaching staff.
* A four-part series of Community Workshops for Child Care Providers, sponsored by the Snoqualmie Valley Child Care Provider Network Project, kicked off at Encompass. The two-hour workshops were designed to address cultural competency, healthy eating, environmental toxins and teacher self-care. Local preschool providers attend the series to amass the training hours required to retain their licenses.
* Encompass also recently taught an evening session on classroom environments for 25 Snoqualmie Ridge Early Learning Center staff. Lynn Staude, center director, called the training “wonderful” and noted that her pre-kindergarten teacher “got inspired and changed her whole classroom. It truly looks amazing.”