Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program – ECEAP

Early Childhood Programs for Income Eligible Families:

Issaquah School District partners with the Washington State Department of Early Learning through the Puget Sound Educational Service District to offer an Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) preschool program for eligible children living within the Issaquah School District boundaries.

Who is Eligible for ECEAP?

Children who have turned age 3 or 4 by August 31 of the applying school year, who are also impacted by a variety of risk factors, which are identified by federal and state guidelines. These risk factors may include, but are not limited to, kinship or foster care placement, limited family income, and homelessness. Our Family Support Specialists (FSS) will work with your family to help determine if your child qualifies for this early learning preschool program.

What is ECEAP?

ECEAP, like Head Start, 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 classes meet 4 days per week, for 3 hours per day, following a modified schedule of the ISD school calendar. A pre-kindergarten curriculum is offered along with nutritious meals and snacks, free bus transportation, and family support services. Support services include health and developmental screenings, social-emotional-behavioral support, family engagement activities, parent education, and community leadership opportunities. ECEAP offers 53 preschool slots to eligible children in three classrooms, with morning and afternoon sessions available.

Where is ECEAP located?

ECEAP is located at Issaquah Valley Elementary School (morning OR afternoon session) and Briarwood Elementary School (morning session). Classroom placement is based on your family’s home address.

How to apply for ECEAP?

Applications are available beginning in March for the following school year. The selection of applicants is based on a pointing system ranked by highest need. Selection and enrollments begin May 1st for the following school year. To apply, ECEAP requires a completed application, along with required documents listed in the links below. You may download a word fillable application and upload the completed application to the Family Support Specialists’ emails listed below.


Required Document List:

For ECEAP eligibility information, please contact:

Shannon Inton, ECEAP Family Support Specialist


Kathy Wood, ECEAP Family Support Specialist