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Head Start/ECEAP Preschool

WWPS Preschool Office
Blue Ridge Elementary
1150 W. Chestnut
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Telephone (509) 527-3066 
FAX (509) 522-4480

Office Hours
Monday - Friday:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Welcome to Preschool!

Walla Walla Public Schools is a strong advocate for early learning. Children eligible for enrollment into our program receive a high-quality preschool experience designed to prepare them for kindergarten. Classes are offered for a half-day with the morning session from 8:15-11:30 and the afternoon session from 12:15-3:30. Children receive a snack and lunch while at school. Other services the program provides include bilingual instruction, health screenings, child development screenings, disabilities services, parent leadership development and education, family support and goal mentoring.  Transportation available in a limited area.

Head Start / ECEAP Programs are family development programs that provide comprehensive education, health and social services for children and their families. Head Start preschool is funded by the federal government and ECEAP (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program) is funded by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families. This program is designed to serve the unique needs of our community.

We promote school readiness by enhancing the cognitive, social, and emotional development of our students. The program's learning environment supports children's growth in language & literacy, cognition & general knowledge, physical development & health, social & emotional development, and approaches to learning.

The role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher is emphasized by the program's structure and activities. We strive to build relationships with families that support family well-being and positive parent-child relationships; families as lifelong learners and educators; family engagement in transitions; family connections to peers and community, and families as advocates and leaders. Please contact our Blue Ridge office at (509) 527-3066 for more information.

WWPS Head Start/ECEAP Coordinator Staff

Evenson Diana

Walla Walla Public Schools Preschool Director
Diana Evenson

  • Our Head Start/ECEAP program serves 233 children
  • Each AM and PM session holds class for 3.25 hours, four days per week
  • Our staff to child ratio is 1:8.5
Wolpert Catherine
Education Coordinator
Catherine Dennis
  • Each family receives two education home visits (with literacy and math focused activities) and two conferences per year
  • Curriculum emphasizes self-esteem and social skills, language development in English and primary language, literacy, math, and science skills, appreciation of creative arts, and physical and health development 
Avina Jennifer
Child Development Coordinator
Jennifer Avina
  • Every student receives developmental screenings with follow up support and referrals as necessary.
  • Our program works closely with Special Programs and area agencies to support children with special needs.
Health and Nutrition Coordinator
Jesselyn Rieke
  • Provide education to families on the importance of health development
  • Link families with continuous medical and dental care
  • Dental, vision, hearing screenings and referrals
  • Facilitate classroom activities with an emphasis on healthy food choices
Parent Involvement Coordinator
Cresencia Gutierrez-Duran
  • Parents are encouraged to become engaged in their child’s education!
  • Gain leadership skills and become involved in program planning through Policy Council.
  • Increase literacy in your home through family night activities.
  • Volunteer in the classroom, on field trips and preparing classroom materials at home.
  • Participate in trainings on child development, discipline, financial literacy, and other topics of interest.
Ludwig Christine
Family & Mental Health Services Coordinator
Preschool Homeless Liaison
Christine Ludwig
  • Our families receive support to help them reach their goals!
  • We provide mental health support to overcome trauma and build resiliency.
  • We help connect families to community resources.

Teaching Teams

Meet Our Teaching Team Staff Members!

Lead Teacher
Candy Anderson

Asst. Teacher
Yuri Orozco

Yuri Orozco

Family Advocate

Elia Esquivel




Lead Teacher
Betsy Russell

Betsy Russell

Asst. Teacher
Teresa Martinez

Family Advocate

Yvonne Segovia


Lead Teacher
Elisa Weinman-Pogue

Asst. Teacher

Leslie Moreno

 Family Advocate

Rhoda Ehrman

Rhoda Ehrman


Lead Teacher

Sarah Villanueva

Asst. Teacher
Itzel Cuevas

Itzel Cuevas

 Asst. Teacher



 Family Advocate


Yahaira Cruz

Lead Teacher

Elizabeth Razo

 Asst. Teacher

Nadia Chavez

Nadia Chavez

 Asst. Teacher


Ana Rosa Campos

 Family Advocate


Griselda Patiño

Lead Teacher
Lori Gillin

Lori Gillin

 Asst. Teacher


Beatriz Esquivel



Family Advocate

Cynthia Diaz

Lead Teacher
Rachael Pederson

Asst. Teacher
Griselda Aceves
Griselda "Gris" Aceves

Asst. Teacher

Mary Ellen Farr 
 Family Advocate


Guadalupe "Lupe" Mendoza


Office Staff

Head Secretary


Jenyfer Reese





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