Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)
The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a free preschool program for eligible children and their families. ECEAP focuses on the well-being of the whole child by providing nutrition, health, education, and family support services. The goal of ECEAP is to help all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
- Early childhood education in full-day or extended-day classrooms.
- Social and emotional development
- Nutritious meals and snacks
- Health screenings and connections to medical, dental, and mental health services,
- Family support services
- Parent education and leadership opportunities
ECEAP gives priority to a child who:
- Will be in kindergarten the following year
- Is in foster care or involved with the child welfare system
- Is homeless
- Is from a family with the lowest income
Who is eligible?
Children 3 years and older or 4 years old by August 31 are accepted into ECEAP based on the following:
- From a family with an annual income at or below 110 percent of the federal poverty level; or
- Qualify for school district special education services; or
- Have developmental or environmental risk factors that could affect school success.
ECEAP long-term benefits
Nationwide, children involved in high-quality programs like ECEAP are:
- Healthier when they start kindergarten
- Less likely to be in special education or repeat a grade in school
- More likely to graduate from high school and go to college
- Less likely to become pregnant as a teen or become involved in a crime
- More likely to be employed and earn more as an adult.