Early Childhood

ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program)

is free, state-funded preschool. To be eligible, children must be three or four years old by August 31 and their family must meet the state program income guidelines. Community Connections offers ECEAP programs in Bonney Lake, Buckley, Eatonville, Orting, South Hill Puyallup, Sumner, and University Place. South Hill Puyallup and Sumner also offer dual language (Spanish/English) ECEAP programs.

ECEAP provides preschool experiences geared to meet children's individual needs and skills. Activities include socialization, early literacy and math activities, screening for vision, hearing, and development, outdoor play, meals and more. Parents/Guardians are provided with information, education, family activities, and community resources and referrals. Parents/Guardians are also encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and participate in other volunteer opportunities for personal growth and leadership experiences.

Who is Eligible?

Families with children age 3 or 4 years by August 31st.

Priorities for enrollment include:
  • Families experiencing homelessness
  • Children in Foster Care/Kinship Care, TANF or SSI recipients
  • Children with a disability or IEP
  • Families living on limited incomes (based on federal poverty guidelines)


ECEAP: 253-798-7379