Gayle Wilson
Director of Special Education and Student Services
360-691-7717

Brittany McGinnis
ECEAP Program Manager/Family Support
360-283-4513
360-283-4417 (fax)

The Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP)

photo of two little girls with the saying "interested in free preschool?"

Granite Falls School Districts Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a state-funded, free preschool program for qualifying children and families. ECEAP is a comprehensive preschool program that partners with parents to support both student learning and the whole family. ECEAP has three main parts to the program:

1. Preschool services for 3 and 4 year old children- ECEAP focuses on preparing children for kindergarten and success in school using a "whole child" approach. This includes social-emotional skills, language, thinking skills and physical development as well as academic skills such as literacy and mathematics - all of which will help children be prepared for kindergarten. Classes are 2-hours and 45 minutes in length, Monday through Thursday. Preschoolers learn through play and interactions, so during class children will have a meal and snack as a group, large group/circle time, small group opportunities, and ample time to make choices about their play, both indoors and out.

2. Family Services - ECEAP focuses on supporting family stability and connectedness. In ECEAP, we will work with parents to set goals for their family and provide resources, tools, and other supports. Parents will have opportunities to be involved, learn about topics that interest them and gain support from the staff and other families.

3. Health and nutrition services- ECEAP focuses on child and family health and wellbeing. Children will receive developmental and health screenings and we work with parents to ensure children have preventative medical and dental care. Health and nutrition activities and education will be a regular part of the program for both children and families.

To enroll in ECEAP, families must apply and qualify. Eligibility is based on income, family circumstance, and environmental or developmental factors. Learn more about the ECEAP application.

If you would like to start the application process and would like more information, fill out this ECEAP Inquiry Form and an ECEAP staff member will contact you.