Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program

The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a FREE preschool program serving low-income children and families, providing quality educational experiences that cultivate the potential of the whole child, and by providing access to health, nutrition and family supports.

Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program - Key Outcomes:
Service Outcome
Early Childhood Education (Preschool)
Ready and Successful Children
Health and Nutrition Healthy Children, Ready to Learn
Family Support Ready and Successful Families

Why ECEAP?

ECEAP helps children get ready for kindergarten and beyond. Children in programs similar to ECEAP are:
  • 50% more likely to graduate from high school and go onto college
  • Healthier when they start kindergarten
  • More likely to be employed and earn 70% more after graduating from college
Services Offered
  • Education
    • Preschool experience focusing on the needs of the whole child
    • Activities which build self-esteem, social skills, and physical skills
    • Highlights the strengths and diversity of each individual child
    • Developmental screenings
    • Small class sizes with a 9:1 child-teacher ratio
  • Health and Nutrition
    • Medical, dental, vision and hearing screenings
    • Nutritious family-style meals
    • Health and nutrition education for children and families
  • Family Support
    Parents are empowered to set goals for themselves and their families and may receive assistance with a variety of topics, including housing, school, employment, parenting, and leadership development.
    • Parent education, meetings, and Family Fun Nights
    • Resources and referrals to community agencies
    • Opportunities for personal growth, empowerment, and leadership
    • Connection to job training and employment programs
    • Learn about advocacy and leadership development
Parents Getting Involved
Parents can get involved in many ways, including but not limited to:
  • Assisting in making program decisions
  • Attending parent meetings and classes, such as parenting education
  • Volunteering in the classroom, reading with a child, or assisting with projects
  • Being active in your child’s learning at home as your child’s first teacher
  • Learning about careers, job readiness, and gaining valuable work experience
  • Advocating for your child / family as a leader in your community
Program Eligibility and Contact Information
Income Eligibility Guidelines are used as a starting point to review each application on a case-by-case basis. Some children whose families are over-income may be accepted if the family is impacted by certain environmental factors or if the child is impacted by developmental risk factors.
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ECEAP is funded by the Washington State Department of Early Learning.

For more information, please call 425-388-7010.