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The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a FREE preschool program for eligible children and is part of the Mead Early Learning Center, located at Creekside Elementary.

ECEAP provides a no-cost high-quality preschool curriculum, healthy meals & snacks, parent activities, and family support services.

Children are accepted into ECEAP based on their age (3 years old or 4 years old by August 31 of that school year), family income; and/or qualify for a school district special education services; and/or have developmental or environmental prioritization factors that could affect school success. ECEAP gives priority to a child who: will be in kindergarten the following year; are in the foster care, kinship care, or involved with the child welfare system; are homeless; and/or are from families with lowest incomes.

ALL Preschool classes will be in session Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There is no preschool in session on Fridays. 

ECEAP/Early Learning Center (Upstairs, also called "Integrated Preschool";  Miss Stephanie, Miss Laura, Miss Lisa and Miss Kim C.)

  • *AM session:
    • 9:00 - 11:45 Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
    • 9:40 - 11:45 Wednesday 
  • *PM session:
    • 12:45 - 3:20 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • *Full Day Session:
    • 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
    • Wednesday Late Start IF student does not ride school bus: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

*Please note: any students in Integrated Preschool with IEPs who ride special transportation buses will follow the start and end times of Developmental Preschool.

2023-24 Preschool calendar (PDF)

For more information or to request an enrollment application, visit or contact Linda Lucas, ECEAP Enrollment Assistant at NEWESD 101 at (509) 323-2720.

Please click here to view the ECEAP Parent Handbook. Be aware that the enrollment and attendance procedures described in this handbook do NOT apply to children eligible for the ECEAP preschool program by IEP/Special Education only.

ECEAP is funded by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) in collaboration with NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 (NEWESD 101) and partnering with the Mead School District.