Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program – ECEAP

Early Childhood Programs for Income Eligible Families:

Issaquah School District has partnered with the Washington State Department of Early Learning through the Puget Sound Educational Service District to offer three Part-Day Preschool and Family Assistance Programs for eligible children living within the Issaquah School District Boundaries. The Issaquah School District encompasses more than just Issaquah city limits, with boundaries including all of Issaquah and some neighborhoods in Bellevue, Newcastle, Sammamish, Preston, Renton, and Maple Valley.

Who is Eligible for ECEAP?

Children ages 3-5 who have turned 3 by August 31 of the current school year who are also impacted by a variety of risk factors identified by the Federal and State Guidelines. These risk factors include, but are not limited to, Foster-Care Placement, Limited Family Income, and Homelessness. Our Family Support Specialist (FSS) will work with you to help determine if your child qualifies for one of these free early learning programs.

What is ECEAP?

ECEAP, like HEADSTART, is a free preschool program for children ages 3-5 years of age. ECEAP is funded through the Washington State Department of Early Learning and the Issaquah School District. The Preschool Classroom meets 4 days per week, for 3 hours per day following the general guidelines of the School Calendar with some adjustments. Transportation is provided to eligible children. A Pre-Kindergarten curriculum is offered along with nutritious meals & snacks, a Family Support component which may include Health Support, Social-Emotional Support, Family Education, and Leadership Opportunities. ECEAP offers 53 preschool slots to eligible children two sessions.

Where is ECEAP located?

ECEAP is located at either Issaquah Valley Elementary School (morning OR afternoon session) OR Briarwood Elementary School (morning session). Classroom placement is determined based off your child’s home address.

For ECEAP eligibility information, please contact:

Shannon Inton, ECEAP Family Support Specialist


Kathy Wood, ECEAP Family Support Specialist