Annual Report 2019-2020

2019–20 School Year

Capital Region ESD 113 Sound to Harbor Early Learning Programs


Sound to Harbor Early Learning Programs provides comprehensive individualized preschool education, health education, and family support to promote family engagement and school readiness.


Every child kindergarten-ready.

Preparing Children for Kindergarten

During a typical year, we use the GOLD assessment tool to determine the development levels and kindergarten readiness of children. These assessments are done quarterly and track children’s progress in relation to the states developmental standards set forth in WaKids and the Office of Head Start’s developmental standards outlined in the Early Learning Outcomes Framework. This shows the effectiveness of the program with meeting kindergarten readiness goals. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in schools being shut down across the country in March 2019, we were not able to continue tracking children’s progress to fidelity. Also during these shutdowns, medical and dental appointments where reserved for emergency needs only leading to many children throughout the program falling behind on their routine health exams

Eligible Children and Enrollment

ESD 113 is funded for 430 Head Start slots and 275 ECEAP slots non-federal share in Grays Harbor, Mason, and Thurston counties; a total of 705 slots.

The actual enrollment exceeds these numbers as enrollment fluctuates. There are children who are eligible but never enrolled because there is not enough funding.

  • A total of 494 Head Start children were served.
  • There were 462 Head Start families, of which 46.3% were two-parent families.
  • The percent of 3 to 5-year-old children eligible for Head Start or ECEAP in the 2018-2019 program year but not served is 32.7% (219) in Grays Harbor County, 67.1% (281) in Mason County, and 56.9% (805) in Thurston County. (Source: 2018-2019 Saturation Study by Department of Children, Youth, and Families)
  • 64.1% of the families enrolled had an income below 130% federal poverty level.
  • 4.5% of the children enrolled were from fami-lies with income higher than 130% federal poverty level.
  • 11.1% of the children enrolled lived in families receiving public assistance or Social Security Disability.
  • 4.7% qualified for the program as foster children.
  • 15.4% qualified as homeless children at time of enrollment.
  • 53.0% of the children were enrolled for a second year. Percentage due to reduction of slots.
  • 10.5% of enrolled children were identified as having a disability and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Head Start Grantee Annual Reports Budget Information

Total Public Funding

No private funding was received.


wdt_ID Funding Amount
1 Head Start 7,805,323
2 Head Start COVID 377,887
3 ECEAP 2,270,273
4 DSHS Child Care Subsidy 88,600
5 OSPI Child & Adult Care Food Program 270,319
6 OSPI Transportation 546,525
7 Total Revenue 11,385,927

Budget vs. Expenses

100% of non-federal share of $325,000 was earned.

  • 14% from community & parents
  • 86% from state transportation
  • 0% from matching services


Medical and Dental Exams

In the Head Start and ECEAP program, staff work with families to assure children receive annual well child exams and dental exams.

  • 48.0% received well child exams and 1.0% needed follow-up treatment. 20.0% received the treatment.
  • 47.7% received dental exams and 4.7% needed dental treatment. 52.2% completed the treatment.
  • 96.5% were up-to-date for their immunizations.

Parental Involvement

Parents are involved in the program:

  • 120 parents provided volunteer services.
  • Parent nights occurred at most centers, providing parent education and activities that involved the entire family.

Community Needs Assessment

wdt_ID School Districts Estimate Eligible Head Start & ECEAP Slots #Unserved Eligible % Served 3 & 4 year olds
1 Grays Harbor County Total 518 454 64 88
2 Mason County Total 341 158 183 54
3 Thurston County Total 1,412 532 880 38
4 GRAND TOTAL 2,271 1,144 1,127 50

Review and Audit Statement

Federal Head Start Monitoring Review:

On 1/15/2020, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) conducted a monitoring review of Educational Service District 113 Head Start program. The Program was in noncom-pliance for Supervision and Discipline. A corrective action plan was completed with no additional finding upon review, the previously identified findings were closed October 2020.

ESD 113 is audited by the Office of the Washington State Audi-tor. There were no findings or material weaknesses identified for the federal Head Start grant.

Our Program's History

Head Start logo

The federal Head Start program began in 1965 as a part of President Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” It successfully provides a comprehensive early childhood program where children receive education, health, nutrition, and mental health services. The program operates with shared decision-making and meaningful involvement by families.

Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families

Our program also provides Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) services funded by the Department of Children, Youth, & Families.

ESD 113 logo

Our local program began in 1965 and is a program of Capital Region Educational Service District 113. We operate 18 direct service sites in the Grays Harbor, Mason, and Thurston counties.

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