Press Room

Please direct any media inquiries to Joel Ryan, 425-453-1227, or email.

Fact Sheets

ECEAP Fact Sheet & Research Brief (pdf)

Head Start Fact Sheet (pdf)(English and Spanish)

Early Head Start Fact Sheet (pdf)

DEL ECEAP outcomes report 2012/2013 (pdf)

Head Start Impact Study Analysis (pdf)


News Releases (pdf)

2014 12-09 Head Start and ECEAP Score High on Early Acheivers

2014 06-04 Meet the Class of 2018 - Washington’s Model Pre-K Celebrates Dramatic Gains for the Most At-Risk Students

2013 11-01 Victoria Hilt of Kitsap Community Resources named WSA Parent of the Year

2013 11-01 Sara Bartrum of Chelan Douglas Child Development Association named WSA Director of the Year

2013 05-01 Congress Resolves Airline Delay Issue in 1 Day While Two-Thirds of Washington Head Start Programs Prepare to Cut Children

2013 03-28 ECEAP Expansion - K12 Support News Release

2013 03-25 K-12 Leaders News Conference Handout

2013 02-25 Sequester effects WA Head Start

2012 11-20 Release - Cant fix K12 without Early Learning

2012 11-20 ECEAP School Readiness

2012 11-15 LCC Innovation Award

2012 11-12 Parent of the Year - Nicole Erickson

2012 10-18 Looming federal cuts will close Head Start centers in January

2012 07-02 WSA to Receive Grant to Conduct Financial Literacy Training with Low Income Parent

2012 06-14 Head Start Increases Fathers Involvement

2012 01-13 Governor to Cut Thousands Off Working Connections

2011 11-22 Failure of Super Committee Could Mean Big Cuts to Head Start

2011 10-19 Governor Gregoire says ECEAP is State's best investment

2011 03-28 Huge Increase in Homeless Children in Head Start & ECEAP

2011 02-16 Who will Rep. Reichert Stand with - children or Tea Party?

2011 02-14 House Republicans Propose 200,000 Children Cut from Head Start

2011 01-12 Formerly Homeless ECEAP Parent Testifying

2010 12-08 Record Waitlists in ECEAP / ECEAP Parent Testifying

2010 11-10 Governor Cuts Child Care Subsidies to 4000 Families

2010 11-09 ECEAP Shines in Latest Report

2010 10-07 April's Story - 2500 Cut from Working Connections Childcare Subsidy

2010 09-16 Stop playing games with Head Start funding

2010 07-28 Murray comes through on funding for kids

2010 05-28 News Release on Military Families in Head Start & ECEAP

2010 02-26 News Release on Child Care Subsidy Reform

2010 02-23 News Release on ECEAP Cuts in Senate Budget

2010 02-23 News Release on WCCC Cuts in House Budget

2010 02-04 News Release on 263% increase in ECEAP waitlists

2009 11-30 News Release on ECEAP Record Waitlists

2009 11-11 News Release on ECEAP Funding and Poverty

2009 08-26 News Release on Loss of Senator Kennedy

2009 03-12 News Release on ECEAP funding

2009 02-12 News Release on Economic Stimulus Package

2008 03-08 News Release on Washington Head Start Bill Passage

2008 09-24 News Release on 25 milllionth Head Start Child

2007 11-15 News Release on Head Start Reauthorization


Head Start & ECEAP in the News

2016-03-25 Executive Director Joel Ryan and Director Ross Hunter talk about ECEAP (TVW)

2015-08-18 Proposed Head Start overhaul could force hundreds from program (King5 news) 

2015-08-15 Letter to Editor from Past PA. Head Start changes: Parent participation provides confidence 

2015-08-11 Seattle Times Article: Proposed Head Start changes could limit access, sideline parents, advocates say

04-10-2013 House budget proposal best for schools

04-08-2013 Report: Washington Is Making Progress in Early Learning, But Plenty of Work Left to Do

04-03-2013 Two Seattle Head Start Programs Deemed Low-Quality, Lose Funding)

03-31-2013 Editorial: Gov. Jay Inslee right to target education in state budget plan

03-25-2013 Sen. Murray talks sequestration as she tours Head Start class

03-05-2013 Sequester will hit local Head Start program

03-01-2013 Budget standoff deals $9 million blow to state's Head Start program

03-01-2013 Sequester Slashes Washington Head Start, K-12 Funding

02-27-2013 The Cost of Kids

02-26-2013 Sequestration budget cuts threaten Head Start students

02-26-2013 Federal budget cuts 'chip away foundation' for local families

02-26-2013 Head Start program would suffer with sequestration cuts

02-26-2013 Coming federal cuts to have local impact

02-06-2013 Why Early Education is Good for Business

02-13-2013 Legislators want to use pot money for preschool program

01-20-2013 Washington’s Quality Rating and Improvement System Will Expand Dramatically This Year

09-15- 2011 ECEAP helps low-income kids with health, education, nutrition

09-14-2011 Early learning funding must not be chopped

09-03-2011 Letter: Early Learning Pays Dividends

08-31-2011 Renovated Bremerton park an outdoor classroom for toddlers

08-29-2011 Funding means classes for 36 more local kids

08-28-2011 Early learning programs pay huge dividends

06-21-2011 Early childhood education is a key ingredient for success of businesses

3-14-2-11 NW Public Radio - Early Education Not Lost In Budget Cuts

3-14-2011 Walla Walla Union Bulletin- Head Start Critical to future of our children

3-13-2011 Tacoma News Tribune - Even today, Head Start is the right investment in children

3-9-2011 Sen. Murray speaks about Head Start on Senate Floor (22:30)

3-5-2011 Longview Daily News - Norpac (and parent Robb Atherton) honored by National Head Start Association

3-5-2011 Longview Daily News - LCC student named Head Start's National Father of the Year

3-3-2011 The Olympian - Cutting early learning programs not good for state economy

3-1-2011 Seattle Times - Invest now in early learning for better lives and a better workforce

2-24-2011 Lewiston Tribune - Protesters turn out in support of Head Start

2-24-2011 KLEW-TV - "Stroll-in" staged to protest proposed cuts to Head Start

2-23-2011 Daily Evergreen - Budget shortfalls may affect childcare assistance program

2-17-2011 Tacoma News Tribune - LTE from Head Start graduate - Head Start Program helps kids succeed

2-16-2011 Tri-City Herald - Babies Behind Bars in Women's Prison

2-12-2011 KING-5 - Low Income family fitness and nutrition program in jeopardy

2-10-2011 KIRO-TV - Advocacy Day coverage at 37:00

2-10-2011 KPLU - One Month Down, Lots of Work Ahead on Budget (includes Advocacy Day coverage)

12-9-2010 KUOW - Gov. Orders Cuts As Preschool Waitlist Soars In Wash.

12-9-2010 Public News Service - Pre-K Saved from Drastic Cuts, in WA and Elsewhere

12-7-2010 Daily Record - New home planned for Head Start

11-29-2010 KIRO-TV - Cecily Jenkins, WSA parent ambassador, interviewed about Working Connections Child Care Subsidies (around 12:00)

10-18-2010 Whidbey News Times - Local mom fights for education funding in DC

10-2-2010 Centralia Chronicle - Caring for the Forgotten Children

9-29-2010 A foundation for Orcas pre-schools: State-funded eceap program gives millions to local kids

5-25-2010 The Daily News - Support effort in improve early education

4-14-2010 Sequim Gazette - Director of OLYCap Head Start Honored

3-18-2010 Lake Stevens Journal - WA Lawmakers Vote for Early Learning 'Investments'

3-17-2010 Seattle PostGlobe - Waitlist for Washington's public preschool and prekindergarten jumps 263 percent

3-17-2010 KING-5 - Learning for Life - Parent Ambassador Program giving parents a voice

2-17-2010 Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Maintaining a head start: Increased need, less funding leaves future of early learning uncertain (pdf)

1-22-2010 KHQ - Early Learning Programs May Be Cut by Legislature

1-17-2010 Lewiston Tribune - Prevention Pays (Sheriff Bancroft LTE) (pdf)

1-11-2010 Lewiston Tribune - Will Early Education Survive Cuts? (pdf)

12-19-2009 Ellensburg Daily Record - Head Start is Expanding

12-17-2009 Lake Stevens Journal - Reardon says state should protect ECEAP funding

12-16-2009 Q13 FOX - Governor's Budget: "Devastating" For Children In Need

11-12-2009 KIRO-TV - New Effort To Save State's 'Head Start' Program

11-9-2009  Seattle Post-Globe  -Parenting: Cuts Keep Coming: New Round of Early Ed Cuts in Washington State (full post at Thrive by Five WA)

11-5-2009  Wenatchee World -Chelan-Douglas Head Start expanding

10-29-2009 Shelton-Mason County Journal - Rep. Kathy Haigh receives ECEAP Champion Award

10-21-2009  Wenatchee World - Preschool Exercise aids learning, Head Start says

5-22-2009 Seattle Times LTE - Gregoire vetoes early learning

4-1-2009  Kirkland Reporter - Early-learning program faces state budget axe

3-26-2009  Public News Service - More Kids, Less Money for WA Early Learning Programs

3-25-2009  KNDO Yakima - Yakima Assistance Program Could Face Big Budget Cuts

3-24-2009  KHQ Spokane - Early Childhood Education Assistance Program in financial jeopardy

3-22-2009  Tacoma News Tribune - More wait for preschool spots

5-21-2008  Seattle P-I -- Joel Ryan Editorial on Head Start Funding

11-25-2007   Seattle P-I  -- Editorial on Head Start Reauthorization

7-20-2007  Spokesman Review - 'Our View - Picking Up Preschool'

4-26-2007  Spokesman Review - 'Tools for Success' -- Early Head Start

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