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Early Learning Programs

Last updated: Nov. 12, 2020

Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) provides services and programs for children younger than age 5 including:

ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and HeadStart are Washington’s pre-kindergarten programs that prepare 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families for success in school and in life. ECEAP is open to any preschool-aged child and family if they meet the income limits. For information on ECEAP and Head Start Preschools, visit dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/eceap-headstart.

Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) services are designed to enable children, birth to age 3, with developmental delays or disabilities to be active and successful during the early childhood years, and in the future, in a variety of settings (their homes, child care, preschool or school programs and communities). For more information, go to dcyf.wa.gov/services/child-development-supports/esit.

Home Visiting for Families is voluntary, family-focused and offered to expectant parents and families with new babies and young children to support the physical, social and emotional health of your child. For more information, visit dcyf.wa.gov/services/child-development-supports/home-visiting.

Early Childhood Intervention and Prevention Services (ECLIPSE) serve children, birth to age 5, who are at risk of child abuse and neglect, and may be experiencing behavioral health issues due to exposure to complex trauma. Services are provided in King County and Yakima County. For more information, visit dcyf.wa.gov/services/child-dev-support-providers/eclipse.

Call Member Services at 877-542-8997 if your patients need help connecting to these services.