The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is Washington’s pre-kindergarten program that prepares 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families for success in school and in life. The Department of Early Learning (DEL) oversees the program.
Since 1985, ECEAP has focused on the well-being of the whole child by providing comprehensive nutrition, health, education and family support services to Washington’s most at-risk children. ECEAP reaches the children most in need of these foundations for learning. The program is aligned with nationally researched programs that have shown exceptional returns on investment.
Each fall, DEL releases an ECEAP Outcomes Report to the public. It summarizes developmental, pre-academic, and health gains made by ECEAP children in the previous school year. The 2013-14 report is now available at: http://www.del.wa.gov/publications/eceap/docs/ECEAP_outcomes_2013-14.pdf
Highlights from the 2013-14 ECEAP Outcomes Report include:
o With 12.2% turnover, there were 9,810 children enrolled at some time during the year.
o 29,128 ECEAP eligible children in Washington were not served by either ECEAP or Head Start.
· 35% of ECEAP children speak a home language other than English.
o There was an increase in children whose home language was neither English or Spanish, from 5% to 7% of enrollments.
· 49% of ECEAP lead teachers have bachelor’s degrees or higher. 40% have associate degrees.
· Risk factors
o 65% of children were from families at or below 80% of the poverty level.
§ FPL was $23,550 for a family of four.
o 32% of children had a parent who did not graduate high school
§ 12% of children had a parent with 6th grade or less.
· At enrollment 49% of children were up-to-date with well-child exams. At exit, 94% were up-to-date.
· At enrollment 27% of children were up-to-date with dental screening. At exit, 95% were up-to-date.
· Summary of Development and Learning Gains:
For 2013-14, DEL collected GOLD® assessment results for approximately 7,000 ECEAP children who had ratings in both fall and spring of the school year. The children made progress in all domains.
The following percentages of children moved from below age level to at or above age level during their time in ECEAP.
o Social-emotional development – 48%
o Physical development – 45%
o Language development – 42%
o Cognitive development – 48%
o Literacy development - 50%
o Mathematics - 59%