Economic Opportunity

Universal Preschool

The Way to Wellville seeks quality preschool for all Clatsop County children. Leveling the playing field for all students is the goal for Universal Preschool. Children of all economic backgrounds, cultures and abilities have more success if they have positive preschool experiences, research shows. Universal Preschool prepares children for kindergarten so they may have a greater chance of becoming fluent readers by third grade, which is a benchmark of success in adulthood.

Way to Wellville is applying for feasibility study grant.

Partners: NW Regional Education School District, NW Head Start, Clatsop & Tillamook County, NW Early Learning Hub, Childcare Resource and Referral, eight school districts: Astoria, Warrenton Seaside, Jewell, Knappa, Tillamook, Neahkahnie and Nestucca.

Daycare Support Systems
The Economic Development team supports daycare centers that request assistance from The Way to Wellville. Support includes education, professional development and financial advice for caregivers. When Cannon Beach Preschool and Children’s Center was closing, Director Christy Bisping formed Gearhart Kids Academy. Pam Ackley, a member of The Way to Wellville Advisory Council and a Windermere broker, presented a check for $2,000 to the council April 11, 2016.

$2,000 Windermere Stellar grant.

Partners: CEDR, Childcare Resource and Referral, Windermere Stellar.