Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is free, state-funded preschool that provides experiences geared to meet children's' individual needs. Families with children age 3 or 4 years old by August 31st may qualify for this free opportunity.

We have 8 ECEAP classrooms in 7 locations across Pierce County including Bonney Lake, Buckley, Eatonville, Orting, South Hill, Sumner, and University Place. A dual language (Spanish/English) program is available at the South Hill location.
Benefits of ECEAP include socialization, early literacy and math activities, screening for vision and hearing, developmental screening, outdoor play, and USDA meals. There are also opportunities for parents and guardians since our ECEAP teams work hard to provide families with education, activities, volunteer opportunities, community resources and referrals. 

ECEAP is enrolling for the 2023-2024 school year! 

Download our application below or call 253-798-4400 for more information. You can also fill out the inquiry form  below to have someone contact you directly. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for you and your child!

Pierce County Human Services
Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs (ECEAP)
3602 Pacific Avenue Suite 200
Tacoma, WA 98418

Click here for ECEAP job opportunities.

Apply Online

 Click here to apply online, then print and mail us the application.

Review the full application instructions.

Inquiry Form

Not sure if you qualify? 

Fill out an inquiry online or call us at 253-798-4400 (press option #4) to learn more about the program!
Educational Videos

We have created over 100 educational videos for children to learn from home. 

Topics include literacy, counting, rhyming, storytelling and more. 
Bonney Lake

Bonney Lake ECEAP


Liberty Ridge Elementary
12202 209th Ave. CT. E.
Sumner, WA 98391

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Orting ECEAP


Orting Early Childhood Center
203 Cardinal Lane NE
Orting, WA 98360

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Sumner ECEAP


Daffodil Elementary

1503 Valley Ave.
Sumner, WA 98390

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Buckley ECEAP


Wickersham Elementary
250 West Main
Buckley, WA 98321

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South Hill

South Hill ECEAP


Zeiger Elementary
13008 94th Ave. E.
Puyallup, WA 98373

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Eatonville ECEAP


Eatonville Elementary
209 Lynch Creek Road E.
Eatonville, WA 98328

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south hill avanza

South Hill AVANZA ECEAP (Spanish)


Zeiger Elementary
13008 94th Ave. E.
Puyallup, WA 98373

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University Place ECEAP


Evergreen Primary School
7102 40th St. W.
University Place, WA 98466

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ChildReach is a unique program between Pierce County and the Puyallup Tribe that has been going strong for 25+ years. The program provides developmental screening for tribal children aged birth to six years old. Each year 150-200 screenings are provided through this partnership. 
 Children receive screening in language, large/small motor skills, concepts, and behavior development. These screenings provide information to families and teachers about each child's unique development, including observations, recommendations, and concerns. Staff encourage parents and caregivers to provide targeted developmental activities to promote growth and development.

ChildReach is only accessible through specific Tribal programs. For more information, contact Shannon Bjorkman-Stewart at 253-973-4936.