• Auburn School District ECEAP provides FREE preschool for eligible 3 and 4 year olds. 

    What is ECEAP? 

    ECEAP (pronounced “E-Cap”) is the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. This is a FREE comprehensive preschool and family service program supported by the state of Washington. All previous Auburn School District Head Start classrooms have been converted to ECEAP. 

    We offer: 

    • Trained teaching staff 
    • Kindergarten preparation 
    • Nutritious meals and snacks 
    • Health and developmental screenings 
    • Family support services, mobility mentoring, parent education and engagement opportunities

    Click here for a short (1-minute) video introduction to ECEAP, in English and in Spanish.  

     Who is eligible? 

    • Children age 3-4 years by August 31
    • Children in Foster Care/Kinship Care/adopted out of Foster Care
    • Families receiving TANF or SSI for disability 
    • Families experiencing homelessness 
    • Children with disabilities or IEPs 
    • Families living on low incomes 

    We enroll children based on eligibility factors, family needs, and available openings. 

    Locations & Class Times 

    We have ECEAP classrooms in seven locations around Auburn: 

    Alpac Elementary - 310 Milwaukee Blvd N Pacific, WA 98047

         (253) 931-4976

         Family Support Specialist: Dawn Rorie;

         Part Day Classroom

    Chinook Elementary - 3502 Auburn Way S Auburn, WA 98092 

         (253) 931-4980

                Family Support Specialist: Melanie Mairs;

         School (full) Day Classrooms

    Dick Scobee Elementary - 1031 14th St NE Auburn, WA 98002

         (253) 931-4984

         Family Support Specialist: Nia Smith;

         Part Day Classroom

    Gildo Rey Elementary - 1005 37th St SE Auburn, WA 98002

         (253) 931-4952

         Family Support Specialist: Jennifer Henrickson;

         School (full) Day Classroom

    Lea Hill Elementary - 13002 SE 304th St Auburn, WA 98092

         (253) 931-4982

         Family Support Specialist: Lindsay McClelland;

         School (full) Day Classrooms

    Pioneer Elementary - 2301 M St SE Auburn, WA 98002

         (253) 931-4986

         Family Support Specialist: Jennifer Adams;

         School (full) Day Classrooms

    Terminal Park Elementary on K Street - 1825 K Street SE Auburn, WA 98002 

         (253) 931-4978 

         Family Support Specialist: Ingrid Hendrickson;

         Part Day Classroom

    Interpreter Line for Spanish Speakers: (253) 288-9935
    *Interpreters for other languages may be available upon request


    Updates for the 2022 - 2023 School Year:

    • Chinook Elementary will move into the new building (address above)
    • Lea Hill Elementary will move into the new building (address above)
    • Terminal Park will move to a temporary location on K Street while the new school is under construction 


    How to Apply 

    To apply for ECEAP Preschool, please print and return the completed application to one of our ECEAP schools, along with the documents listed below. If you are unable to print, you may also pick up and return a paper application at one of our ECEAP locations. Please allow a few days for your application to be processed.

    In addition to the completed application (one per child), you will need to submit the following:

    • Proof of income (12 months or previous calendar year)
    • Proof of child's birthdate
    • Proof of guardianship
    • Immunization record (CIS)

    Please contact us if you need help completing the application or if you do not have all of the requested documents. A list of acceptable documents can be found on the instruction page of the application.

    Note: Please submit only ONE application to apply to any or all of our locations. Applications are listed below for the 2023-24 school year. For interest in enrolling in the 2022-23 school year, please contact one of the Family Support Specialists listed above. 


    ECEAP Application 2023-24
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