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									Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) Pronounced “e-cap”

ECEAP is Washington’s pre-kindergarten program serving low-income and at-risk three- and four-year-
olds and their families. The state Legislature created ECEAP in 1985, to expand the benefits of the
federal Head Start program to more children.

The Department of Early Learning provides ECEAP through 40 contractors, who are educational service
districts, school districts, community colleges, local governments, and non-profits. They provide ECEAP
services in 38 of 39 Washington counties, at approximately 280 sites. For fiscal year 2010, ECEAP
provides 8,053 slots for children.

The ECEAP budget is $109,756,000 for the 2009-11 biennium. Of this, 97.8 percent goes directly to the
40 ECEAP contractors. Contractors receive an average of $6,662 per slot.

ECEAP expanded by 2,250 slots in the 2007-09 biennium, a 38% expansion. It decreased 173 slots for
2010.

ECEAP focuses on preparing children for success in school and life through three interactive components
– preschool education, health services coordination, and family support.

       Preschool education that is culturally-relevant, for the whole child, including:
            o Developmental screening and referrals to special services as indicated
            o Ongoing developmental assessment and individualized program planning
            o Curriculum in
                    Physical well-being, health and motor development
                    Social and emotional development
                    Cognition and general knowledge
                    Language, communication, and literacy

       Health services coordination, including:
           o     Assisting all family members with access to medical and dental care
           o     Child medical and dental exams and coordination of follow-up care
           o     Vision, hearing, height and weight screenings and follow-up
           o     Tooth-brushing, daily in the classroom,
           o     Healthy meals and snacks, providing a substantial proportion of the
                 child’s nutrition
           o     Health and hygiene curriculum
           o     Physical activity curriculum
           o     Family education on obesity prevention and use of health care system
           o     Health & nutrition referrals and follow-up

       Family partnerships focusing on parent and family strengths and supporting each parent as their
        child’s first and most important teacher and provider of safety, loving care, and stability. This
        includes
                  o Encouraging family members as classroom and program volunteers
                  o Involving parents in program decision-making and leadership development
                  o Parenting education and skill development
                  o Family events to support strong families
                  o Family determination of child and family goals
                  o Family goal-setting
                  o Referrals to community resources and assistance with access
                  o Encouraging long-term participation in their children’s education

With these comprehensive services, ECEAP is closely aligned to the nationally-researched programs
which have shown exceptional returns on investment.


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