Early Childhood

Pierce County is committed to helping children and families. We have two programs for children within our Community Action Programs Division called Early Childhood Education (ECEAP) and ChildReach.

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

ECEAP is free, state-funded preschool that provides experiences geared to meet children's individual needs and skills. Families with children age 3 or 4 years old by August 31st may qualify for this free opportunity. We accept applications year round. 

To apply using a computer, complete the fillable application. If you want to write in your answers, print out this PDF application. Send completed applications to our office:

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

Not sure if you qualify? Easily fill out an inquiry online
 or call us at 253-798-4400 (press option #4) to learn more about the program!

We have 9 ECEAP classrooms in 7 locations across Pierce County including Bonney Lake, Buckley, Eatonville, Orting, South Hill, Sumner, and University Place. Dual language (Spanish/English) programs are available at the South Hill and Sumner sites.

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.

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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 Margi Rudy at 253-798-3698.