Who we are
First, working together with families means we listen as families share important insights about their child AND our program. We value your input; it guides what we do and helps us work as a team!
Because of input from families:
- Teachers schedule regular meetings with ALL families throughout the year.
- EEP routinely shares curriculum, theme goals, activities, and teaching strategies via our newsletter The EEP Family Connect.
- Classrooms share information through Class DoJo, social media, and our blog.
Engagement from families makes EEP classrooms wonderful places to focus on preparing preschoolers of ALL abilities for success in kindergarten and beyond. We work hard to ensure that EVERY child is happy and engaged from day one. Then, our teachers focus on specific goals to make a difference in each child’s life. They teach children to communicate more effectively to get their needs met and help children understand concepts and vocabulary that they’ll use in kindergarten.
In addition to academic goals, we also focus on social-emotional skills. This includes helping children understand their feelings and learn to delay gratification. Children also learn to deal empathetically in play with their peers and respectfully in interactions with their teachers. A combination of engaging teaching strategies means our children learn more effectively and efficiently, and feel proud!
Finally, we regularly evaluate how we and the children are doing and use the results to revise our teaching. This makes for greater success in kindergarten and beyond!
We hope you’ll get involved and share what you think!
The Early Education Program (EEP) began in 1981 with eight children and three teachers as part of a private nonprofit – the Association for Direct Instruction (ADI). ADI was created to promote a set of evidence-based teaching strategies called “Direct Instruction.” These strategies were key at the preschool.
By 1991, however, EEP had expanded to include both children with diverse needs as well as those who were developing typically. Additional teaching strategies were required. In June of 1991, we separated from ADI and created our own non-profit – the Early Education Program, Inc.
The new EEP Inc., now with a variety of evidence-based teaching practices, became a subcontractor for Early Childhood CARES. We are their largest subcontractor; this year we will serve nearly 150 children and their families and employ more than 60 staff in our 19 half-day programs.
How We Are Supported
EEP is free for children with developmental delays. Funding – from the Oregon Department of Education and the federal government – is administered by Early Childhood CARES, with whom we have a contract. This year we will serve up to 145 children with disabilities.
Though EEP’s administrative costs are surprisingly low, our direct program costs impose severe limits on what we can do with children and their families. We RELY on additional funding from grants, private donations, fundraising events, and YOU to make the difference we can only hope for.
Thank you for your support!