EC Initiatives2021-06-25T21:25:35+00:00

Every parent or caregiver wants a good life for their kiddos, right from the start. During the early years, a base for a child’s life-long health is built by the people and environment around them. We bring programs, trainings, and resources to caregivers and the community that support a child’s emotional, social, and brain development!

Harvest for Healthy Kids
Breastfeeding Friendly WA
Connections Conference


Through a grant through Washington State’s Department of Health, United General is partnering with organizations across the county to promote Vroom.  Vroom delivers free daily activity tips for children from birth to 5 – the time a child’s brain is developing most rapidly.  Caregivers can add learning to daily activities like mealtime, play time, bedtime, or any time with over 1000 free tips on the vroom app.

Visit to download the app and learn more about the benefits of brain building!

Join the Vroom Facebook page for more great Vroom ideas.

This is one of more than 1000 free tips available on the Vroom app!

Would you like to promote Vroom to your families or clients?

Reach out to learn more about Vroom and receive promotional materials.

Contact: Susan Goss

We’re Reading

We’re Reading is an exciting program through the United Way of Skagit County to support early literacy in partnership with United General’s WIC clinics.  During regularly scheduled appointments, WIC certifiers share the We’re Reading curriculum and provide a book for families to take home and read together.  In addition to the book, families receive a newsletter with fun literacy activities, developmental milestones related to literacy, information on local library storytimes, and more!

“When you provide an environment where reading, writing, talking, singing and playing is encouraged, wonderful things happen.” – United Way of Skagit County

Click here to learn more about the We’re Reading program or to donate.


HealthySteps, a program of ZERO TO THREE, is an evidence-based, interdisciplinary pediatric primary care program that promotes the health, well-being, and school readiness of babies and toddlers, with an emphasis on families living in low-income communities.  United General has partnered with Skagit Pediatrics to bring HealthySteps into their practice.  A HealthySteps Specialist, a child development expert, will join the Skagit Pediatrics team to support universal screening, provide successful interventions, referrals, and follow-up for families with young children.

To learn more about the program, visit the HealthySteps website.

Contact us if your medical practice is interested in exploring how to implement HealthySteps as part of your work!

Contact: Susan Goss

Harvest for Healthy Kids

Through a grant from the Washington State’s Department of Health and in parternship with Skagit/Islands Head Start, we are working to implement the Harvest for Healthy Kids curriculum in early learning settings throughout Skagit County.  This program inspires children to try new foods that are grown close to their homes.  They learn basics about food, preparation, and receive fun and easy recipes to try at home.

Visit the Harvest for Healthy Kids website to learn about activity plans, newsletters, recipes, and more!

Contact us if you are interested in learning how to bring Harvest for Healthy Kids to your early learning setting!

Contact: Lyndie Simmonds

Breastfeeding Friendly Washington

United General is working towards the Breastfeeding Friendly Washington’s Goal recognition for our three WIC clinics.  To receive this recognition, we will follow Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding developed by the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics Ten Steps to Support Parents’ Choice to Breastfeed Their Baby. See a summary of the 10 steps here.

Breastfeeding Resources

Skagit County Breastfeeding Coalition2021-06-25T21:28:27+00:00
DOH – Breastfeeding Friendly Washington2020-12-29T23:55:15+00:00

Click here for information on the WA State Department of Health’s Breastfeeding Friendly Washington (BFWA). BFWA encourages organizations to promote and support breastfeeding through changes in their policies and procedures.

AAP – Ten Steps to Support Parents’ Choice to Breastfeed Their Baby2021-03-17T22:46:39+00:00

Click here for a detailed .pdf with information from the American Association of Pediatrics on supporting breastfeeding.

WHO’s – Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding2020-12-29T23:45:42+00:00

Click here to see the World Health Organization’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

Contact us to learn more about Breastfeeding Friendly Washington in Skagit County

Contact: Lyndie Simmonds

Connections Conference

The Connections Conference is an annual education event for early educators, child care professionals and early school-age teachers.  The conference goals include:

  • Promoting the mutual understanding of the contributions families and providers bring to young children
  • Challenging thinking surrounding diversity
  • Increasing family and provider effectiveness through new skills, strategies, and ideas to ensure high quality services
  • Enhancing understanding of the unique strengths and needs of each family
  • Fostering partnerships among families, service providers, school districts, agencies and sponsors to ensure coordinated and aligned services in local communities
  • Promoting networking and coalition building around early childhood issues

Visit the Connections Conference website for a wealth of information

Need more info?

Contact: Lyndie Simmonds

Partners & Funders

We are grateful for the following organizations that provide funding and partner with us to make these programs possible.

Department of Health

Skagit County Public Health

United Way of Skagit County

Children’s Museum of Skagit County

Skagit Pediatrics, LLC

Skagit Valley Hospital

Island Hospital

Skagit Valley College

US Department of Health and Human Services

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