Resources

Economic/Nutrition/Health Resources

Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD)
Low-to-moderate income dental care for children
North Whidbey: 360-679-7351
South Whidbey: 360-678-7940 or 360.321.5111 ext. 7940

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Food Stamps, Health Care, TANF( welfare), emergency aid
877.501.2233

Good Cheer
Food Bank, Thrift Stores in South Whidbey
360.221.6454

Gifts from the Heart Food Bank
Food Bank, Coupeville
360.678.8312

Help House Food Bank
Food Bank serving residents of North Whidbey Island from Deception Pass to Greenbank. Offers help with prescription medicine, too.
360.675.0681

Immunizations
Island County Public Health immunization staff provide education about vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccinations. Immunizations are available at offices in Oak Harbor, Langley, and Camano Island.
Oak Harbor Immunization Clinic Information Line: 360.240.5554 x42
North and Central Whidbey: 360.679.7351
South Whidbey: 360.321.5111 ext.7351

Pregnancy Aid, Langley
Free clothing and supplies, breastfeeding support, childbirth classes, counseling
360.221.4767

Pregnancy Care Clinic
For women who would not consider abortion, free tests, clothing, and baby supplies
360.675.2096

Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN)
Prepares nutritious meals for those in need on South Whidbey Island, focusing on young people.
360.221.7787

Women Infant and Children nutrition (WIC)
Helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy

North Whidbey: call 360.240.5554 or text 360.544.2239
South Whidbey: call 360.221.0429 or text 360.544.2238

Opportunity Council
Emergency shelter, rental assistance, referrals for affordable housing, grants to grandparents caring for grandchildren, landlord/tenant issues, child care referral and quality support.
360.679.6577 or 800.317.5427

Family support organizations

Baby Connections
Play-and-learn group in Oak Harbor
206.972.2420

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Matched with caring volunteers, children gain new experiences while having fun.
360.279.0644

La Leche League of Whidbey Island
Supports breastfeeding families
South Whidbey: 360.321.2325
North Whidbey: 360.679.3562

Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse
Provides free, confidential assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, rape, child sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
360.675.CADA (2232) or 800.215.5669

Child Find
Free vision, hearing, speech, language and developmental screening for three to five year-olds with suspected disabilities. For more information, contact your local school.

Children with Special Health Care Needs
Coordinates services for all children with special needs and Provides limited equipment and supplies to those families that meet financial and other program eligibility requirements.
360.221.8880 x 1 or 360.221.8482

 

Mother’s Day Out
Part-time child care program at First Reformed Church in Oak Harbor
360.675.4837 x 305

Readiness to Learn Foundation
Works in partnership with schools, communities and families to help children reach their potential regardless of their circumstances.
South Whidbey: 360.221.0484
Coupeville: 360.678.2486
Oak Harbor: 360.279.5514

Child Care, Preschool, and Early Learning

Child Care Resource and Referral
Provides referrals to licensed child care providers and consumer education materials to help make the most informed decision when selecting a high-quality early care and education program
800.446.1114

Child Care Check
Offers basic information about child care providers’ licensing history. It also shows whether a child care provider is part of Early Achievers, the state’s voluntary program to improve child care quality.
866.48.CHECK (866.482.4325), Option 3

Local Head Start

Skagit/Islands Head Start
Ensures that all Washington children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
Coupeville: 360.679.5348
Oak Harbor: 360.679.5345

Oak Harbor Hand-in-Hand Early Learning Center
A center-based program for 3 to 5-year-old children providing learning opportunities leading to higher levels of school readiness.
(360) 279-5928

Whidbey Early Head Start
A program focusing on relationship development between parents and their children, beginning in the prenatal period to age three.
(360) 675-0596

National Head Start

Head Start
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.
Information and Communication Center: 866.763.6481

Early Head Start
Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers under the age of 3 and their families, and to pregnant women and their families.

Phone: 360.679.4784

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)
ECEAP (pronounced “E-Cap”) is the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program funded by Washington State.
Coupeville: 360.679.5348
Oak Harbor 360.679.5345

Central Whidbey Co-Op Preschool
Helps children develop skills that prepare them for school, and helps parents learn to be more effective teachers of their own children.
360.969.2491

South Whidbey Co-Op Preschool
Provides a developmentally appropriate program in a nurturing, loving, safe and stimulating environment in which parental involvement enriches the learning process.
360.221.5080

Oak Harbor Toddler Learning Center
Provides therapy, educational, and parent support services in the home
North Whidbey: 360.679.1039
South Whidbey: 360.221.6808 x 4420

Whidbey Island Waldorf School
Parent-child classes support parents in observing children and work activities while children engage in free and imaginative play. Circle time offers songs, verses, and movement for parents and children to experience together.
360.341.5686 (x12)

Mental Health/Addiction Services/Family Counseling

ADD
Affiliates in Mental Health, Oak Harbor
360.679.2279

Bess Windecker-Nelson, Ph.D.
Family Touchstone, LLC
360.320.0595 or 321.1020

Care Crisis Line (24-hour Service)
For mental health crises.
800.584.3578

Compass Health
Providing mental health and chemical dependency services
360.678.5555

Counseling Connections Program
Free or low cost counseling sponsored by Island County.
360.678.7882

Tri-Essence Care, PLLC
Provides all residents of Island County affordable, high quality, and culturally sensitive mental health services for the mind, body and spirit (tri-essence).
360.682.6499

Other Referral Lists and Phone Contacts

United Way
Mobilizes community resources to measurably improve people’s lives Offers a comprehensive family resource guide.
360.675.1778

211
Connects people with important community services, volunteer opportunities, and places to make donations. People in Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties can call North Sound 2-1-1 for information about local transportation, employment options, professional and personal development, and volunteer opportunities.
211 or 800.223.8145

Parenthelp 123
A direct line to various economic, health, and nutrition programs and resources within Washington State.
800.322.2588

Social Activities

Baby Connections
Play-and-learn group in Oak Harbor
206.972.2420

In Motion Dance, Learning, and Recreation
Offers activities that help children, parents and grandparents explore the benefits of movement as a whole, well being.
360.682.6237

Leaps & Bounds Dance & Tumbling Center, LLC.
Offers Mommy and Me and preschool classes
360.679.9155

Recreation

John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool
Offers a multitude of aquatic programs to enhance fitness and health for patrons of all ages.
360.675.7665

Sno-Isle Libraries
Events, books, and resources for parents and children.
360.651.7000 or 877.766.4753

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation
Offers programs for people of all ages.
360.221.5484

Support Groups

Mothers of Pre-Schoolers aka MOPs
Provides a safe, welcoming, nurturing, and supportive environment where mothers of preschoolers can build long-lasting friendships and engage in uplifting fellowship and activities.
360.222.3211

Washington State Father’s Network
Celebrates and supports fathers and families raising children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities.
360.678.7883

Military Resources

Clover Child Development Center NAS
Center-based care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age.
360.257.3302

Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to provide support to military family members with special needs. It assists sailors by addressing the special needs of their exceptional family members during the assignment process. Special needs include any special medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational requirement, wheelchair accessibility, adaptive equipment or assistive technology devices and services.
360.257.5266

Family Advocacy Program
Addresses the marital and parent-child conflict that can rise from long deployments, frequent moves, and mission readiness.
360.257.8892

Life Skills Education
Foster good relations, healthy families, and strong marriages through information and classes.
360.257.6289

New Parent Support
Helps service members and their spouses adjust to the rigorous demands of parenthood
360.257.4013 or 360.257.6289

How to Talk to your Children Course
Free course for military parents.
360.257.2013

School Age Care (SAC)
Before and after-school child care, 6am-6pm, Monday to Friday.
360.257.0889

Toddler Time at the Zone
Bowling and activity for children 2-5.
360.257.2432

Other

Seattle Children’s Hospital Shuttle Service
Provides a free van service to and from the hospital main campus or Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center for patients and families traveling through SeaTac Airport, the Amtrak train station, ferry terminals (Mukilteo) or the Greyhound bus station in Seattle. See website for more information.

Websites

General Development and Activities

Washington State Department of Early Learning
Loads of information about children’s development, school readiness, and licensed child care,

Zero to Three
Provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.

Love Talk Play
Aims to surround parents of children birth to age 3 with simple messages about three key things all parents can and need to be doing with their children every day: love, talk and play.

PBS Parents
Lots of resources for parents, including child development information by age group.

Developmental Milestones
and Red Flags

American Academy of Pediatrics
Up-to-the-minute pediatric health information specially customized for you and your family,

Act Early Campaign
Information about developmental milestones from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention.