Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program is a free preschool program funded by Washington State serving income eligible families in Marysville. ECEAP's purpose is to give all children a solid foundation that will provide them with success in school and life. ECEAP's focus goes beyond the classroom experience as we also provide family support services, opportunities for parent involvement, child health coordination, and nutrition services.

We exist to provide a holistic and inclusive program through effective teaching practices and collaborative partnerships. We do this by empowering children and families to become successful life-long learners and responsible citizens within a culturally diverse community.


Teaching Strategies

This curriculum identifies four areas of development.

Social/Emotional-to help children develop independence, self-confidence, and self-control; follow rules and routines; make friends; and learn what it means to be a part of a group.

Physical-to increase children's large muscle skills; balancing, running, jumping, throwing and catching--and to use the small muscles in their hands.

Cognitive-to acquire thinking skills such as the abilities to solve problems, to ask questions, and to think logically--sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, and making patterns.

Language-to use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words, and begin writing for a purpose.

Early Childhood Hands-On Science (ECHOS)

The overall goal of Early Childhood Hands-on Science (ECHOS) is to investigate science as a domain for enhancing overall school readiness and to demonstrate that very young children can learn fundamental science concepts and the process skills associated with higher order thinking skills.

The Second Step early learning program teaches children ages 3 to 5 core social-emotional and self-regulation skills. Skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, problem solving and friendship skills, and transitioning to Kindergarten.

Handwriting Without Tears is a proven success in making legible and fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for students. Our curriculum uses hands-on, educationally sound instructional methods to teach handwriting.