Clark County mom featured at Olympia event

first_imgOLYMPIA — Like other state programs, the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program is likely to take some major budget cuts as the state continues to fall short of project revenues. But Thursday night was a time to look back at its success, even as it faces an uncertain future.With the help of a Clark County mother’s story, a 25th anniversary celebration at the state Capitol recalled the good things the early education program has done for children and families.Vancouver Head Start teacher Judy McConathy received a standing ovation after sharing her story. She told the group how she became an early learning teacher 19 years ago when her sons were enrolled in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. ECEAP is a state-funded program for low-income families that prepares children for public school. McConathy was asked to speak at the event from her experience as both a teacher and a mother of three sons who grew up in the program.“It is preparing the children of Washington for success in elementary school, I really believe that,” McConathy said. “All three of my sons thought preschool prepared them for public school.”last_img read more