Welcome to Josie’s ECEAP

ECEAP (pronounced E-cap) stands for “Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program.” It is a free preschool program funded by Washington State that serves children ages 3 to 5 and their families who meet income guidelines and/or have other multiple support needs and/or have been diagnosed with special needs. For more information on enrollment, click here.

ECEAP supports both the child and the whole family, offering:

  • Preschool instruction
  • Developmental screenings and referrals
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Health and dental screenings
  • Home Visits
  • Parent Leadership Opportunities
  • Family Events
  • Kindergarten Readiness Activities
  • Transportation provided in some service areas

Children who attend ECEAP learn to manage their feelings, get along with others and follow classroom procedures. They build the beginning skills for reading, math and science. The programs work closely with parents to support their children’s health and education and to meet family goals. They help families access medical and dental care and social services.

In addition, children involved in these types of programs tend to be:
  • Healthier when they start kindergarten.
  • Less likely to be in special education or repeat a grade in school.
  • More likely to graduate from high school and go on to college.
  • Less likely to become pregnant as a teen or become involved in a crime.
  • More likely to be employed and to earn more as an adult.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the ECEAP program led by dedicated professionals. My four-year-old has thrived thanks to their open communication, ensuring I’m always informed about my child’s progress. The team’s empathetic approach towards behavior and emotions has boosted my child’s emotional and social growth. My child particularly enjoys the program’s activities, such as the water table. I strongly recommend this program to any parent seeking excellent early childhood education.”

– Carrie C, 2nd year ECEAP parent

“I have had 3 kiddos go through the ECEAP Program at Josephine’s. My oldest is now a freshman in High School my second is a 1st grader and my youngest is going into her last year through the program. The ECEAP program has been so amazing and so much fun with all the fun learning and activities they set up for the kids and the Family nights they have outside of the classroom times, they have all been so much fun. It was a great start to helping them get ready for kindergarten they go in knowing how to write their names 🤩 and all of the basics they need to know for kindergarten. ECEAP has prepared them and have made my two very successful where they are now. The staff are all so sweet and caring I know my kids are in good hands when they are there. I would definitely highly recommend this program. I love it!!!”

– Valerie V, former and current ECEAP family