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Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

Program Description

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. Children are eligible for ECEAP based on their age, family income, and risk factors. A preschool 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. Our Family Support Specialists (FSS) will work with your family to help determine if your child qualifies for this early learning preschool program as well as help families access medical care, dental care, and social services.


Program Locations: Holly Street Early Learning Center (AM, PM and School Day) and Briarwood Elementary School (school day session). Classroom placement is based on your family’s home address. 

Duration (days/time):  
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.  .Modified schedule of the ISD school calendar.

  • AM Class: 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
  • PM Class: 12:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  
  • School day session: 9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Children who have turned age 3 or 4 by August 31 of the applying school year.
  • Children 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 ECEAP.
  • Income-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.  
  • Enrollment is open year-round. Complete an application for your child at any time during the year to be added to the ECEAP waitlist for a possible opening. 

Placement:  Home address determines the site-location and placement in a morning or an afternoon session.
Transportation:  District transportation is provided.

Tuition: Free

Enrollment Information: Applications are available throughout the entire school year.  Applications for the following school year are available beginning in February. 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.

Interest Form

Eligibility Information

Shannon Inton
ECEAP Family Support Specialist
Holly Street ELC

Christy Bigby
ECEAP Family Support Specialist
Holly Street ELC

Program Contact

Teresa Cowan
Principal on Special Assignment