Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program


The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is designed to provide children with limited family and financial resources an opportunity to enter the educational system at the same level as most other children. By providing an educational opportunity, access to health care, and social support to these children and their families this type of program has been shown to prevent later social and school problems.

The ECEAP program is offered on Orcas and Lopez Island through established pre-school agencies. Families on San Juan Island have access to similar services through the Head Start program run by Skagit Valley College.

All of San Juan County ECEAP preschools are licensed and have gone through a rigorous Early Achievers process successfully achieving high quality ratings.  Early Achievers is the Washington State Quality Rating Improvement System.  See the great improvements that took place at one of our County preschools.