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Our Impact

Our Impact
Skagit/Islands Head Start (SIHS) provides services to 396 children from birth to age 5 in Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties of Washington state. In addition to education services, we provide children and their families with health, nutrition, and social services support and referrals. The program’s main goals are to work in partnership with families to promote self-esteem, self-confidence, and school readiness for children.

Our communities, our opportunities
SIHS began services in 1968, (three years after the national launch of Head Start), as a school readiness program providing services to the entire family. We were aware at the very beginning of the important role of parents as a child’s first teachers. Today, we continue to ensure children are ready for school, and that families understand the critical role they play as their children grow.

Mission, Vision & Values

Building strong foundations for lifelong learning through family-centered, child-focused partnerships.

We support children, families and each other to build resilience, strength and a sense of belonging to grow into their true potential and flourish. We join with families to make a positive difference in all of our lives and in the communities where we live, work, and learn.

STRONG, POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS: Connecting children, families, communities, and each other; honored through open-honest communication, and taking time to understand and build mutual regard.

OPEN, ENGAGING COLLABORATION: Cooperation, open-minded give and take, shared decision making, engaging diverse talents and resources with a focus on common goals and passions.

PERSONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL INTEGRITY: Consistency, honesty, sharing thoughts, confidentiality and professionalism.

RESPECT AND ACCEPTANCE FOR ALL: Recognizing, valuing encouraging and supporting community and individual differences and perspectives.

HIGH STANDARDS OF QUALITY: Best practice at the core of decisions, professional development and personal growth, high expectations, personal responsibility.

Program Philosophy

We believe:

  • Early childhood education focuses on the desire for children to become independent, self-confident, and curious learners who can work well with others.
  • Children of all abilities are competent learners.
  • Children develop best in an environment where the importance of play is valued.
  • Play provides children with the opportunity to actively explore, manipulate, and interact with their environment.
  • Adults in the classroom act as facilitators, guides, resources, nurturers, observers, planners, and protectors who provide a balance of child centered discovery and teacher-directed learning opportunities.
  • Parents are the first and primary educators of their children and their strengths will be honored.
  • Working in collaboration with staff, families, Skagit Valley College and local community partners strengthens our work.

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