San Juan Islands Community Resource Guide

Resources for our residents and community wellness through health and social services, education and volunteering.

Whimsy in the Woods

Director: Libby Valluzzi

Organization physical address: PO Box 304, Lopez Island, WA, 98261.

Email Director:

Phone number Director: 206-913-1319

Organization Website:

Organization Mission Statement: Whimsy in the Woods is an Outdoor Enrichment Program in which children: feel a sense of connection and love for the natural world; discover the world and the people they share it with; have the freedom to wonder, dream, and learn about things that tickle them; develop their own passions that trigger a never-ending well of learning; engage with the real world by being active participants in it; develop into competent, unique individuals that are capable of leading successful and fulfilling lives.

Registered Business structure/Charitable status: (501(c)3, 503, LLC, community based social group) Small Business.

Target Audience or Areas Served or Area of Operation: Children ages 5-10. Full-day childcare / forest education program currently running Summertime only (June-Sept). Located on the South-end of Lopez Island.


Organizational Service Area, Categories, Tags: Outdoor Education, Forest School, Environmental Education, Childcare, Children, Environment, Learning Opportunities for Youth, Kids, Stewardship, Summer Program.

Description of Services- Youth/Teen: A Full-day Outdoor Enrichment Program for school-age children that provides them with a safe, engaging, and exploratory environment to learn and engage with the natural world.

Volunteer Opportunities/Needs: People with specialized skills or talents who wish to share and provide a hands-on learning opportunity for the children can contact the Director.

Charitable Donations Accepted: Any and all donations go into a Scholarship fund to expand this program to children and families that need financial assistance.


San Juan Island Family Resource Center

Director: Jennifer Armstrong,

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1981, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250

Physical Address: 476 Market Street,Friday Harbor,WA,98250

Phone: (360) 376-1014



Organization Mission Statement: The San Juan Island Family Resource Center (SJI FRC) assists individual and families in our community to achieve their highest potential by providing access to essential resources and programs that promote health and stability.

Target Audience or Areas Served or Area of Operation: Social Services, Early Childhood and Family Support Programs.

Description of Services- Families: Birth – Four Family Support Services
Connecting families with infants and young children with free resources and programs including weekly playgroups, pregnancy information and support, parenting classes, help with household supplies, home visiting and more.

Description of Services- Adults: Assistance with a wide range of social service needs, including:
DSHS application support, Medical Insurance, Emergency Housing & Utilities needs, Mental Health Access, Transportation Assistance, Household Essentials and more.

Description of Services Youth/Teen: Programs for children and youth ages 4 – 18 including a Kindergarten Transitions Program, Youth Mentoring Program and Young Adult Life Skills Classes.

Volunteer Opportunities: Youth Mentoring: Individualized, one-to-one youth mentoring
Island Neighbors: Providing companionship, errand running and/or transportation for vulnerable islanders who need a bit of extra help.

Charitable donations accepted?  Yes.

Tags: Apple Health, Baby, Birth, Case management, Child development, Counseling, Diapers, Disability, DSHS, Espanol, Financial assistance, Food, Health, Help, Home, Home visiting, Infants, Information & referrals, Insurance, Kindergarten, Legal, Life skills
LIHEAP, Medicaid, Mental health, Mentoring, Playgroups, Social Security, Spanish, Support group, Telephone, Toddlers, Transportation, Water bill, Youth Development



San Juan County Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

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San Juan County Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

Providing free preschool at four San Juan County preschools for families that qualify. Families earning 110% of the federal poverty level or less, children in foster or kinship care, families in CPS/ FAR, children homeless or at high risk.
Orcas Montessori preschool, Kaleidoscope Preschool, Orcas Island’s Children’s House and Lopez Children’s Center.

Director: Ethna Flanagan
Mailing Address: PO Box 1146, Eastsound, WA, 98245
Physical Address: 62 Henry Rd, Eastsound, WA, 98245

Target Audience or Areas Served or Area of Operation: Families with children 4 years old and 3 years old.

Charitable donations accepted?  Yes. We offer scholarships for preschoolers who do not qualify for ECEAP but are still in the high risk or need area.

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Orcas Daycare Association: Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center

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Orcas Daycare Association: Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center

The mission of Kaleidoscope is to provides safe, affordable, high-quality, consistent preschool and child care services while supporting the families of Orcas Island.


Director: Amber Paulsen
Mailing Address: PO Box 1476, Eastsound, WA, 98245
Physical Address: 1292 North Beach Rd, Eastsound, WA, 98245
Phone: 360 376 2484

Services for Families: Licensed Child Care Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm for ages 4 weeks – 12 years. Extended ECEAP services for qualifying preschool students. Working Connection Child Care (DSHS) services for all ages. Car Seat Safety Program includes informational presentations bi-monthly and car seat distribution to qualifying families based on need and availability.

Services for Adults: Kaleidoscope offers resources for strengthening families and parent support.

Charitable donations accepted?  Donations of soft fabric items are collected for Kaleidoscope’s ongoing Value Village Donation Drive. Please call for more information.
Donations for Kaleidoscope’s Car Seat Distribution program are welcome and appreciated. Funds are used to provide car seats for qualifying families in need.

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Orcas Primary Intervention Program (Orcas PIP)

Orcas Primary Intervention Program (Orcas PIP)

To provide a nurturing, supportive environment that allows children to feel safe, to learn about themselves, identify feelings, develop interpersonal skills and increase self-esteem.

Director: Margie Sabine
Mailing Address:611 School Road, Eastsound, WA, 98245
Phone: 360-376-1590

Target Audience or Areas Served or Area of Operation:
 Orcas Elementary K-3rd

Services for Families: Families are included in the referral process and throughout the year for program follow up and student progress.

Services for Youth/Teen:
The Primary Intervention Program is a certified “Best Practice” program serving primary aged children who have been identified as being “at-risk” of academic or social failure. Identified children receive individual attention with a trained adult in a safe and nurturing environment on a weekly basis. Children develop resilient behaviors such as self- confidence and problem solving skills.

Volunteer Opportunities/Needs: Volunteer opportunities as a child associate – required from September through May.

Charitable donations accepted?  Yes – through Orcas Island School District – PIP