Income Eligible Free Programs

We are proud to offer multiple programs that are free of charge to income eligible families. Please complete one application packet per child and attach the required documents. Eligibility to our programs is determined by child’s age and family income, not the application date. Our programs fill up fast, so please apply as soon as you can! The information on your application is confidential and used only to determine your child’s eligibility for our programs. We do not require, check, or report on immigration or DSHS status.

Early Learning Application 2020-2021

Early Learning Application 2020-2021 Spanish

Head Start

Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive early learning program that provides services to eligible children and their families.

The program provides:

  • Quality early childhood education
  •  Family support services
  • Social/emotional support for children and health screenings
  • Parent education, employment support and job skills training
  • Adult learning and leadership opportunities
  • Nurturing supportive relationships
  • Supportive staff and family engagement

Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP)

ECEAP (pronounced "E-Cap") is a Washington state funded, comprehensive early learning program. ECEAP provides free services and support to eligible children and their families. ECEAP serves children who are from low-income families or who have developmental or environmental risk factors that could interfere with school success. 

The program provides:

  • Quality early childhood education
  •  Family support services
  • Social/emotional support for children and health screenings
  • Parent education, employment support and job skills training
  • Adult learning and leadership opportunities
  • Nurturing supportive relationships
  • Supportive staff and family engagement

Ready Start

The Ready Start Program is a comprehensive early learning program. ReadyStart provides free services and support to eligible children and their families. Ready Start serves children from low-income families or who have environmental risk factors that could interfere with school success. 

The Ready Start program is a blended multi-age, inclusive model, serving students, ages 3 1/2 -5. Classrooms will be taught and supported by a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and a para professional.

The program provides:

  • Quality early childhood education
  •  Family support services
  • Social and emotional support for children 
  • Parent education
  • Nurturing supportive relationships
  • Supportive staff and family engagement