Graphic link to PSESD online classes

Seminar Series 2017

Challenging Behaviors

Session 3 Handouts and Resources - March 15, 2017

Session 2 Handouts and Resources - February 15, 2017

Session 1 Handouts and Resources - January 11, 2017


Father Engagement

Handouts and Resources


2016-17 Monitoring Schedule - Preschool

2016-17 Monitoring Schedule - Center-Based Early Head Start

2016-17 Monitoring Schedule - Home-Based Early Head Start

Individual Checklists:

Desk Monitoring
Administrative: Staffing Practices
Administrative: Business Management Systems
Education: Active Supervision
Education: Curriculum & Assessment
Education: GOLD
Education: Developmental Screenings
ERSEA: Eligibility
ERSEA: Attendance & Enrollment
ERSEA: Recruitment Plans
Health: Immunizations
Health: Fall Health Checklist
Health: Sensory/Growth Screenings
Health: Winter Health Checklist
Health: Spring Growth Screenings
Nutrition: Menu Reviews
Safety: Site Readiness and Safety Checklist

On-Site Monitoring
Education: CLASS
Education: Fall Checklist
Education: Winter Checklist
Education: Spring Checklist
Family Engagement: Fall Checkpoint
Family Engagement: Winter Checkpoint
Family Engagement: Spring Checkpoint
Nutrition: On-Site Meal Monitoring
Safety: Onsite Safe Environment

Policy Council 2016-17

Key decision and policy-making body for ECEAP, Head Start, and Early Head Start

Family involvement and leadership are critical to the success of our programs. Policy Council representatives, who are elected by their respective sites' parent groups, work in tandem with program administrators and the PSESD Board to make the decisions that directly affect our children and families. Policy Council members participate in all aspects of program planning and development, and must approve all personnel and budget recommendations. Policy Council members include:

    • Parents of currently enrolled children
    • Parents who have had a child in the program in previous years
    • Community agency representatives drawn from organizations that provide services, support, and/or resources to the families we serve

Policy Council meets monthly according to the calendar below. Policy Council representatives are eligible for a childcare and mileage subsidy reimbursement for meetings they attend. A light breakfast and lunch are served at meetings. All members of the community are welcome to attend and observe these meetings.

2016-17 Policy Council Info Session, Training, and Meeting Dates:   English   Spanish

2016-17 Policy Council By-laws:   English   Spanish

Policy Council Informational Video
Video transcripts:   Amharic   Arabic   Somali   Spanish   Vietnamese

Request Policy Council brochures

For information on Policy Council as a Governing Body, see the SHARED GOVERNANCE page in the Program Administration section.

The Policy Council also plays a key role in identifying the needs of low-income families with young children in our communities by creating a Community Needs Report. This information complements the data collected as part of the Community Assessment Report. For information on both reports, see the Community Assesment page in the "For Staff" section.

October 2016

November Executive Board
November 1, 2016
Full Meeting
November 15, 2016

Policy Council Corner Newsletter




Executive Board
November 29, 2016

Full Meeting
December 13, 2016

Policy Council Corner Newsletter



Executive Board
January 11, 2017

Full Meeting
January 24, 2017

Policy Council Corner Newsletter



Executive Board
February 14, 2017

Full Meeting
February 21, 2017

February PC Corner Newsletters:







Executive Board
March 7, 2017
Full Meeting
March 21, 2017 

March PC Corner Newsletters:






Executive Board

April 4, 2017

Full Meeting

April 11, 2017

 April PC Corner Newsletters:







Executive Board  


May 2, 2017

Full Meeting 


May 16, 2017

 May PC Corner Newsletters:
























Early Learning Advisory Committee

The Head Start Advisory Committee was approved by the Puget Sound ESD Board at their October 15, 2014, Board meeting. Notice was then provided to the Head Start Regional Office regarding formation of this committee.

Head Start Advisory Committee Review


Committee Membership:

The Committee shall consist of five (5) members. Such members shall be comprised of:

  • Two (2) currently elected Policy Council Vice-Chairs
    Fatma Absinasir
    – Shariffa Ali
  • Two (2) currently sitting Puget Sound ESD Board members
    Joanne Seng
    Jill Johnson
  • One (1) Puget Sound ESD Early Learning Policy & Governance Advisor (or his/her designee)
    Lori Pittman
  • One (1) Superintendent Liaison
     Kay Lancaster

Chaired by Puget Sound ESD Early Learning Policy & Governance Advisor:  Lori Pittman
Program Support:  Barb Johnson, Early Learning Executive Assistant

 EL Executive Summary 2016-17

Nutrition Education Resources

Family Style Meals photo

Welcome to our resource page for nutrition education! We know healthy children do better in school and a key to being healthy comes from the food we eat. We have created this page to help you make teaching about healthy food choices fun as well as accessible. We’ll provide on-going nutrition education resources so check in with us often and see what’s new.


Cooking together is one way children and families learn about healthy food choices. It’s also a great time to reinforce learning around math, literacy, and science. Encouraging and modeling healthy food choices can establish lifelong eating habits. When doing a cooking lesson with children or serving food at a family event, please choose foods that reflect healthy habits.

We’ve collected a number of recipes that are kid friendly, easy to make and healthy too. Each one is available in both English and Spanish. These camera ready recipes are ready to copy. Enjoy!

Green Smoothie 1   crunchy burritos 1   Fried Rice   Banana Crunchos   Fruit Roll Ups 2
Green Smoothie
English   Spanish
  Crunchy Burrito
English   Spanish
  Fried Rice
English   Spanish
  Banana Crunchos
English  Spanish
  Fruity Roll-Ups
English   Spanish

Other Resources for Cooking with Children:

Ready Set Go 5 2 1 0 logoREADY, SET, GO! 5-2-1-0

Ready, Set, Go! 5-2-1-0 is a community-based initiative designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children and families. Healthy choices are easier to make in a healthy environment with access to healthy foods and physical activity. PSESD Early Lerning supports the campaign and 5-2-1-0 is part of our Early Learning curriculum.

5 2 1 0 definition graphicWhat does 5-2-1-0 stand for?

  • Aim for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Aim for 2 or less houts of recreational screen time every day (children under the age of 2 should have no screen time).
  • Aim for 1 hour or more of physical activity.
  • Aim for 0 drinks with added sugar every day.

A wide range of materials and resources are available from Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Please follow the link to their website and explore ways to help children and families make healthy choices:

PSESD 5-2-1-0 Resources

Attentive Children photo



Healthy Habits for School Readiness is a series of collaborative strategies for teachers and family support specialists to use in the classroom and as you work with families.

Healthy Habits 5-2-1-0

 Healthy Habits My Plate

Healthy Habits - Hand Washing

Healthy Habits - Breakfast

Healthy Habits - Let's Move!


iStock 000005989867 LargeRESOURCES FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND YOUNG CHILDREN Caring for Our Children, National Safety and Health Performance Standards, 3rd Ed. 2011, American Academy of Pediatrics. This site provides research based rational and standards for physical activity on children’s healthy growth and development in early learning. Site is a good place to find brain games for babies, toddlers, preschoolers about play and the brain.
Diane Craft, Active Play – Fun Physical Activities for Young Children, 2009 Alliance for a Healthier Generation – An American Heart Association organization targeting childhood obesity prevention.
National Association for Sports and Physical Education – Play, Guidelines and Policy Statements. Lets Move Child Care, Healthy Kids Healthy Future sponsored website including guidelines, resources, and ideas for promoting healthy habits in early learning programs.
Head Start Body Start website for the Movement for Young Children training
We Can! And the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Early Childhood Health Curriculum and resources, in partnership with NIH, Department of Health and Human Resources. Kid's Health, Nemours Institute in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Learning, and Play resources for teachers and parents, 0-5 years. Choose Healthy Options Often and Start Young. Songs, dances and games to download or order free curriculum (English and Spanish)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Strategies for practicing sun safety year round and the Block the Sun Not the Fun flyer for parents


Physical Activity Slide Presentation

Health Habits "Move and Learn!" Example Lesson

"15 Ways to Get Moving" handout

Sun Safety Quiz handout

"Executive Function: Three Skills Need for Life, Learning, and Health" handout

"Outdoor Play Benefits" handout