Capital Region ESD 113

6005 Tyee Dr SW, Tumwater, WA 98512

P: (360) 464-6700  |  F: (360) 464-6900

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Who We Are:

  • About Us
    Capital Region ESD 113

    Our collective purpose is to ensure excellent & equitable education for all students through service and collaboration.

    Educational Service District 113 supports the learning success of more than 60,000 students who attend the 44 public school districts we serve in the capital region. As a service agency, our purpose is to meet the expressed needs of local school districts by coordinating and conducting cooperative programs that benefit the educational needs of the young people in the five counties we serve.

    Through our cost-effective uses of leveraging resources and creating cooperatives, ESD 113 brings this region about $47 in services to schools for every $1 in state core funding our agency receives. 

    Capital Region ESD 113 Strategic Goals

    Goal 1 - Close the Gap
    By 2020, students who come from low income homes and vulnerable students within the ESD 113 service area will demonstrate educational attainment equal to their peers as measured by state assessment results and on time high school graduation rates.

    Goal 2 - Grow Our People
    ESD 113 will proactively develop employees to support and fulfill the ESD Mission.

    Goal 3 - Influence Change
    ESD 113 consistently advocates for educational equity in our region and effectively communicated ESD solutions to address local needs. 
  • Superintendent & Board

    Superintendent & Board of Directors

    Superintendent’s Office: We provide a variety of support services for the school district administrators in our region. In addition to offering ad hoc advice and support, we provide more formal training and networking opportunities through our monthly ESD 113 Superintendents and regional administrative meetings. We also serve as a liaison to the school districts in our region on behalf of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, and the Washington Association of School Administrators.  The current ESD 113 Superintendent is Dr. Dana Anderson,  who assumed his role July 2013.  
    Board of Directors:  The ESD 113 Board of Directors consists of seven (7) members who are elected by the board members of the 44 school districts that we serve.  Each member must reside in a specific director district.  Board members hold office for terms of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified.  Terms of the board shall be staggered and alternating every two years.  For more information about the ESD 113 Board of Director's, see the board page under 'About ESD 113'.
  • Professional Development
    Professional Development
    Capital Region ESD 113 offers professional development on a variety of topics. Classes may be offered in person at the ESD, in person at your location, or online.
    To see a list of current professional development offerings, go to 
    We offer accredited online Professional Development courses for teachers who find it difficult to schedule or travel to trainings. Online courses are convenient, flexible, and cost saving while offering valuable support for professionals.  In partnership with ESD 113, CE Credits Online provides courses designed to improve teacher and student achievement in a variety of subjects. Learn on your own time. To view our complete catalog of online courses, go to and check the box for Online. Online courses have open enrollment dates. For more information about CE Credits online, contact Lynne at 360-464-6783.
  • Early Learning

    Early Learning

    The Early Childhood Division is the largest direct service division of the ESD.  Two hundred staff work in the Head Start and ECEAP centers in Grays Harbor, Mason and Thurston counties. Head Start and ECEAP are comprehensive preschool programs for children, ages 3 – 5 living in low-income homes.  A small team of three employees work in the Early Support for Infant and Toddlers program in Grays Harbor.
    Curriculum and Assessment: Using research-based curriculum and assessment, children receive an individualized preschool education with the goal of having all children prepared for success in kindergarten.
    Qualified Staff: Teachers have either an AA or BA in early childhood education; or related field with 30 ECE credits. Many teacher assistants either have or are working on a Child Development Associate credential. Most teachers also have a Family Support Credential. 

    Parent Leadership and Decision Making: Head Start is unique in that parent representatives elected from centers serve on a decision-making board called Policy Council. Typical decisions include the approval/disapproval of annual goals, work plans, self-assessment, personnel policies, funding proposals, and hiring/termination of staff.

    Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)
    : The Family Resource Coordinators work in partnership with school districts to identify children birth to three who may have disabilities. The school districts provide the assessment and services as a result of the recruitment and screening activities of staff in the ESIT program. The goal of this early intervention program is to address the disability and transition children into regular preschool programs at age three.
  • Fiscal Services

    Fiscal Services Division

    The ESD 113 Fiscal Services Division is committed to providing professional financial services to our member districts and the ESD itself.

    Internal Fiscal Support Section - is responsible for the internal management of all financial matters of the ESD.

    School District Fiscal Support Section - provides a wide variety of services for our region’s school districts. With the increasing complexity of business operations and the competing demands placed on district resources, ESD 113's assistance in identifying and analyzing alternatives helps school districts optimize resource decisions. This section also assists districts with budget development and the completion of several required state reports, including annual financial and budget reports, personnel and salary reports, enrollment reports, and monthly treasurer's cash reports.

  • Human Resources

    Human Resources Division

    The ESD 113 Administration/Human Resources Division is committed to providing professional services to our employees, member districts, and our community.

    HUMAN RESOURCES: We recognize the valuable contributions of our employees to our organization, our schools, and our community. As a result, we strive to meet the ongoing needs of personnel management, which include recruitment and retention, employee relations, employee development, benefit and compensation administration, and implementation of our policies and procedures. Our goal is to attract and maintain professional, quality staff who help fulfill our commitment to excellence.
    PUBLIC SCHOOLS PERSONNEL COOPERATIVE (PSPC): The Public School Personnel Cooperative provides centralized recruitment and an on-line employment application for its 25 school district members and Educational Service District 113/Head Start ECEAP.  Applicants only complete one application for consideration by all PSPC member districts.  Substitute Services: The Cooperative also provides automated dispatching for substitute teachers and classified employees for several of our member districts.  
    CERTIFICATION: Our Certification Department assists applicants in determining the appropriate application to complete in order to obtain or maintain a WA State certificate as a teacher, administrator, or educational staff associate.
    FINGERPRINTING: ESD 113 performs fingerprinting on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday. In WA State, fingerprinting is required for all school district employees who have regular, unsupervised access to children.
  • Support Services

    Student Support Services Division

    The Capital Regional Educational Service District Student Support Services Division is dedicated to helping schools, families, and community partners provide all children and youth with an equal opportunity to learn and thrive, by building child resiliency and addressing the root causes of learning problems - behavioral, economic, emotional and physical.

  • Teaching and Learning

    Teaching and Learning Division

    Media Center, MASK and Digital Learning Resource Center - provides schools and districts with access to high quality instructional materials and supports increased student engagement and effective instructional practices.

    • Delivery of curricular and supplemental instructional materials through the Media Center
    • Materials and Science Kit replenishment and professional development regarding science kit use through the MASK Program
    • Ongoing sharing of technology best practices, regional technology coordinator forums, and cooperative purchasing through the Digital Learning Resource Center

     Special Education and Early Childhood Services - providing teachers, service providers, and school leaders support to ensure successful learning experiences for students with diverse learning needs from birth through high school completion.

    • Information, technical assistance, training, and networking opportunities for service providers engaged in educating students with disabilities through Special Education
    • Pre-school and early learning supports, research and, training regarding early learning standards and assistance in transition from early learning experiences to kindergarten to grade three through the Early Learning Division
    • Special education program administration, special education services and cooperative support for Lewis County school districts provided by the Lewis County Special Education Cooperative
    Instructional Support Services - providing a variety of instructional and professional support services including mathematics, literacy, science and technology integration. The ESD 113 instructional support division delivers personalized services ranging from classroom instructional coaching to district and school improvement planning. Programs range from student programs like knowledge bowl competitions and highly capable programs to facilitation of National Board Certification for teachers.

  • Workers' Compensation

    Workers’ Compensation Trust 

    The Workers’ Compensation Trust is a cooperative program of the Capital Region ESD 113 comprised of 45 member districts. Our knowledgeable and certified claims and safety staff focus on accident prevention, safety, health and risk management services, claims management and adjudication. In addition we partner with our districts to promote successful return to work opportunities for workers injured on the job.
    Our safety team promotes safety in our districts, providing valuable resources to our members with the SafeSchools online trainings, safety awareness walks & ergonomic assessments, informative newsletters, on site safety trainings and much more. The team further promotes safety opportunities through the Safety Incentive Grant program.
    Through the services of our third party administrator the Unemployment Cooperative reviews, adjudicates and pays all valid claims. When appropriate we protest claims, assist with letters of assurance and train school district staff on claim filing matters.
    The Capital Region ESD 113 Asbestos Inspection Program provides services that ensure school districts are in compliance with Federal asbestos regulations & laws. With federally certified ESD staff, we accomplish this through school building re-inspections, updates to certification books and other testing as requested.
  • Capital Event Center

    Capital Event Center 

    Located minutes from the State Capitol, the Capital Event Center boasts over 10,000 square feet of conference space which can be flexibly configured to meet the needs of your meeting, reception or event!

    The Capital Event Center features state-of-the-art, fully digital AV equipment, videoconferencing and computers to ensure that you and your guests have everything you need for a successful event. Our pristine warming kitchen is ideal for food services from one of the excellent, local catering companies of your choice.

    The center is conveniently located just off Interstate 5, minutes from downtown Olympia and has ample parking to accommodate your event attendees. Whether you are having a board meeting for 10 or a seminar for 400, we’re confident that the Capital Event Center is just what you’re looking for!
    Contact information:
    Phone: 360-464-6700
    Fax: 360-464-6900