ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) is Washington's pre-kindergarten program that prepares 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families for success in school and in life. The Department of Early Learning (DEL) oversees the program.
Since 1985, ECEAP has focused on the well-being of the whole child by providing comprehensive nutrition, health, education and family support services to Washington’s most at-risk young children. ECEAP reaches the children most in need of these foundations for learning. The program is aligned with nationally researched programs that have shown exceptional returns on investment.
ECEAP is effective at:
- Increasing children’s social-emotional, physical and pre-academic skills.
- Helping families move toward self-sufficiency and build their capacity to support their children’s success.
- Ensuring that each child receives medical and dental care to start school healthy.
During the 2017-18 school year, ECEAP serves 12,491 children at more than 360 locations across Washington. The Department of Early Learning (DEL) administers ECEAP through 52 contracts with school districts, educational service districts, community colleges, local governments, tribal organizations, child care centers and homes, and non-profits.
- Executive Summary
- Executive Summary - Families
Expansion Plan Attachments
ECEAP Expansion Briefing - October 2017
Initial Plan for ECEAP Expansion Advisory Bodies
March Think Tank Presentation
March Think Tank Meeting Summary
March Contracting Work Group Meeting Summary
May Think Tank Meeting Summary
May Contracting Work Group Meeting Summary
July Think Tank Presentation
July Think Tank Meeting Summary
July Contracting Work Group Presentation
July Contracting Work Group Meeting Summary
September Think Tank Presentation
September Think Tank Meeting Summary
September Contracting Work Group Presentation
September Contracting Work Group Meeting Summary
December Think Tank Presentation
December Think Tank Meeting Summary
December Contracting Work Group Meeting Summary
January Think Tank Presentation
January Contracting Work Group Presentation
Partnership for Pre-K Improvement
Opportunities for Growth