What's The Difference Between Head Start and ECEAP?


ECEAP (pronounced "E-Cap") is the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program funded by Washington State. Head Start is funded by the federal government.

ECEAP and Head Start both provide free services and support to eligible children and their families. They include:

  • Early learning preschool
  • Family support and parent involvement
  • Child health coordination and nutrition

Questions about ECEAP? E-mail eceap@del.wa.gov.

Questions about Head Start? There are different federally funded Head Start programs in Washington:

Head Start is designed to foster healthy development in low-income children. Program grantees and delegate agencies deliver a range of services, responsive and appropriate to each child's and each family's heritage and experience, that encompass all aspects of a child's development and learning.

Early Head Start promotes healthy prenatal outcomes, enhances the development of infants and toddlers, and promotes healthy family functioning.

Migrant and Seasonal Head Start provides consistent and high quality services in support of healthy child development across the nation.

Tribal Head Start (American Indian-Alaska Native Program Branch) provides American Indian and Alaska Native children and families nationally with comprehensive health, educational, nutritional, socialization and other developmental services promoting school readiness. These services are directed primarily toward economically disadvantaged preschool children (ages 3 to 5) and infants and toddlers (birth through age 3).

To find a Head Start site:http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices.