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.

ECEAP provides:

  • 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.