The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program is a whole-child, family-focused pre-school program designed to help low-income and at-risk children and their families succeed in school and life. Because of the many factors that affect a child’s learning ability and development, ECEAP has four interactive components. They are: learning in a pre-school setting, health screening and assistance with follow-up medical and dental care, healthy snacks and meals, and family support including help accessing resources and social service.
Age: Children are accepted into ECEAP based on their age, family income or other reasons they would benefit from education, family support and health services.
ECEAP prioritizes children who are 4 years old by August 31 and accepts children who are 3 years old by August 31 when space is available.
Income: ECEAP accepts families at or below 110 percent of federal poverty level. ECEAP prioritized children who are homeless, in foster care or involved in the child welfare system, or whose families receive a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash grant, or children who qualify who qualify for or are currently receiving special education services through their school district.
Up to 10 percent of enrolled children can be from families who are above the income limits. Children will be accepted into the programs because of (1) developmental factors, such as potential developmental delay, or other special needs; (2) environmental risk factors.