early learning

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Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) 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. 




In collaboration with the City of Seattle, the Seattle Preschool Program offers high-quality, affordable preschool to all of Seattle's 3- and 4-year-olds. Students engage in a full time, research-based curriculum taught by certificated staff in a positive school climate and early childhood learning environment.

  • Certificated Teaching Staff (1 General Education Teacher)

  • Instructional & Classroom Assistants         

  • HighScope Preschool Curriculum

  • 20 Students per classroom (10:1 student/teacher ratio)

  • 6.5 hour School Day Schedule (Early Release Wednesday); School Year Calendar

  • School Meals available to purchase or through the Free and Reduced Lunch program   

  • Before and After Care available at select sites

  • Tuition is determined on a sliding scale for all SPP students




When parents become their children’s first and best teachers, kids start school on a path to success.

The key is reaching struggling, low-income families when and where it matters most – in the home, when children are 2 and 3 years old. We offer specific, respectful support to help parents prepare their kids for success. We have culturally reflective Home Visitors that serve 30 families in South King County. They provide:

In-Home visits. Trained parent coaches visit families twice a week for two years.

Educational books and toys. Coaches bring a book or toy each week and model educational play.

Cultural relevance. Families are matched with coaches of the same language and cultural background.

We work in partnership with United Way of King County, City of Seattle and Best Start for Kids.

For more information please click here. 

Information taken from United Way of King County