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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP, pronounced e—cap) helps children and families get ready for kindergarten. ECEAP is funded by Washington state Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and is free to enrolled families. It serves three-and four-year-olds from low income families, or with developmental or environmental risk factors that could interfere with school success.

ECEAP includes preschool education, health services coordination, and family support services. Children who attend, learn to manage their feelings, get along with others and follow classroom procedures. They build the beginning skills for reading, math and science. The program works closely with parents to support their children’s health and education and to meet family goals.

ECEAP also helps families access medical and dental care and social services.

Who qualifies for these services?

Children ages 3 and 4 (not kindergarten eligible) from low-income, homeless, foster or foster/adopt families, also children with developmental or environmental risk factors that could interfere with school success.

Important note about qualifiying for services: The qualifications listed here are a general indication of who will qualify for these services. If you need these services but aren't sure if you fit the qualifications listed, please contact our offices. We will work with you to find the services to fit your needs.

Populations Served by Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

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