Early Learning and Family Services

We offer Head Start, Early Head Start and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) which provide quality, comprehensive early childhood development services for low-income families, and children with special needs in Whatcom County. We serve over 400 children and families each year. Programs are free for eligible families.

Early Head Start       Ages: Birth to 3 years
Early Head Start is designed to meet the needs of pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families. Services include prenatal education and support for expectant parents, health and nutrition services, family development support, group socialization and home visits focusing on child development and quality early education.

Head Start/ECEAP     Ages: 3 – 5 years
Children enrolled in Head Start and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) attend preschool at a Child Care Partnership site, and receive health assessments, nutrition education, mental health services, social service referrals, home visits, and family support services.

Application Information
The following information is needed to determine your child’s eligibility for Head Start, Early Start or ECEAP:

  1. Initial Application Forms (Click to download)
    – Application (English)
    – Application (Spanish)
    Prenatal Application Form (English)
    – Prenatal Application Form (Spanish)
  1. Verification of Child’s age
    Birth certificate, hospital certificate or medical coupon
  2. Verification of Income
    W2 form, pay stubs, TANF or SSI documentation for either the last 12 months or the last calendar year.

Please return these items to:
1111 Cornwall Ave. Suite 200, Bellingham, WA 98225

If your child has special needs
Please provide documentation such as a letter from a physician or therapist or a copy of medical or therapy reports.

Bilingual Staff Available
To arrange assistance in Spanish, Russian, Punjabi or Hindi please contact us at (360) 734-8396.