City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Now enrolling kids for FREE half-day pre-school for qualifying families
8/2/2013  9:10:00 AM
Rachel Schulkin  (206) 684-8020

Now enrolling kids for FREE half-day pre-school for qualifying families

SEATTLE - The Seattle Human Services Department's Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is now enrolling children for the 2013-14 school year. Funded by state Department of Early Learning and the City of Seattle, ECEAP is a free half-day preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds whose families live or work in Seattle and meet income guidelines.

ECEAP offers part-day, high-quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate preschool services for eligible children and their families. The primary goal is to help participating children develop the skills they need to be ready for school and acquire a passion for lifelong learning. Families have access to information, resources, and training that support them in moving towards their individual and family goals.

ECEAP provides:

  • Nurturing staff who are well-trained in how to foster each child's readiness for kindergarten
  • Developmentally and culturally appropriate classroom activities
  • Health, nutrition and developmental screenings to support healthy growth and development
  • Inclusive services for children with disabilities
  • A safe and healthy environment for children
  • Additional support for families including parent education and referrals for needed resources

ECEAP eligibility:

  • Children must be three or four years old by August 31 of the participating year
  • Families must live or work in Seattle city limits
  • Families must be within the income limits (see below)
  • Foster children are eligible

ECEAP Income Guidelines

Family Size: Gross Monthly Income
2: $0 - $1,422
3: $0 - $1,791
4: $0 - $2,159
5: $0 - $2,528
6: $0 - $2,896

For ECEAP school locations, please see this brochure: For more information, please call the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-386-1050.

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