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The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a free preschool program for eligible children and their families.


See if you qualify



Staff Qualifications


Innovative Services NW Early Learning program offers ECEAP in 5 of our 8 classrooms. 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.

This program provides:

  • Early childhood education in part day, full school 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

Long-term benefits of ECEAP

Children in this type of high-quality program nationwide 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 on to college

  • Less likely to become pregnant as a teen or become involved in a crime

  • More likely to be employed and to earn more as an adult



Children 3 years old or 4 years old by August 31st who are:

  • From a family with a low annual income; or

  • Qualify for school district special education services; or

  • Have developmental or environmental risk factors that could affect school success

ECEAP gives priority to a child who:

  • Will be in kindergarten the following year

  • Are in foster care or involved with the child welfare system

  • Are homeless

  • Are from families with lowest incomes

To see if you qualify for the ECEAP program, please call us at (360) 823-5156 to arrange an appointment. We’d be happy to answer questions, schedule a tour, and learn more about your family and your educational childcare needs. Hablamos español.



We offer the following options for ECEAP enrollment.

  • Part day/Part year ECEAP with wrap around care for qualifying children age 3-5

  • Full day/Extended year ECEAP for qualifying children age 3-5



The Early Learning program utilizes Creative Curriculum, an approach to Early Childhood Education which provides a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated learning. Emphasis is focused on supporting holistic development while respecting the unique qualities of each child.

Creative Curriculum combines the perspectives of developmental theory and current research to form a philosophy of learning which meets quality content standards developed by the Department of Early Learning, Early Achievers, and additional measures of best practices in teaching and learning.

Children are provided with a variety of developmentally appropriate learning opportunities throughout the day. Activities that align with the best practice criteria of the Environmental Rating System (ERS) for toddlers and pre-kindergarten aged children are an important component of our classroom environments. These learning experiences include:

  • Art, Music, and Movement

  • Blocks and Dramatic Play

  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness

  • Fine Motor and Active Physical Play

  • Nature and Science Discovery



Our early learning philosophy is to provide each child with a safe, healthy environment, which includes learning experiences that promote positive self-image through intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. We recognize that children learn best through rich teacher-child interactions and through active play. We strive to:

  • Provide a safe, caring, enriching environment, and to instill a sense of security

  • Promote independence, self-control, problem solving and decision making

  • Develop a sense of cooperation and respect for others

  • Provide an awareness of the environment, arts and cultures

  • Develop social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills

  • Meet the needs of each child as an individual

  • Provide parent support and resource

  • Provide culturally responsive care



Innovative Services NW Early Learning program is staffed with a community of educators committed to providing nurturing learning experiences for children. Early Learning is supported by an administrative team of Early Childhood Education professionals with years of experience and degrees within the fields of education and social services. Lead teachers either have degrees specific to Early Childhood Education or are currently working toward degrees. All teaching staff are initially certified through the Washington State Training and Registry Systems (STARS) and attend a minimum of 10 additional STARS certified training hours per year.

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Attendance Line: 360-892-5142 ext. 174

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