Deer Park Early Learning Center/ECEAP

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Deer Park’s Early Learning Center Preschool/ ECEAP (Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program) is an inclusive-model preschool for income eligible and/or developmentally qualified three and four year old children in the Deer Park School District. 

Through ECEAP Washington State provides comprehensive holistic preschool programs that provide free educational and therapeutic services as well as health screening and family support to eligible children and their families. The goal of both ECEAP and Deer Park School District is to provide a strong learning foundation for preschool aged children which will help to ensure that they can enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Children may qualify for enrollment in one of a few ways:

  1. Being three or four years of age by August 31st, before the start of the current school year
  2. Having a family size and qualifying income at or below 110% of the Federal Poverty Level (Some exceptions may apply.)
  3. Having any developmental concerns or already on an IEP

(Note: If you have any concerns regarding your child’s speech or other developmental issues, and would like to request a free screening though the School District for your 3-5 year old, please call Lanetta Endrice at 464-5688)

Our ECEAP program focuses on age appropriate social, emotional, and developmental skills designed to help children learn through play and a rich variety of curriculum experiences. Opportunities abound for every child to explore through free play, circle time and focused Creative Curriculum unit study activities. We also model Conscious Discipline SEL language and techniques in our classes to help children build their social emotional resiliency skills. When a child is enrolled here, they and their family become part of our School Family!

For the Fall of 2020 we are planning for four half day classes in a hybrid schedule. M/Th and T/F with Weds as our non student day.

A-L families will be the Gold group, K-Z families will be the Blue group. Each class will likely have no more than 7 students each day in order to comply with the physical distancing standards. 

Two morning sessions running from 8:05 AM – 10:55 AM

Two afternoon sessions running from 11:55 PM – 2:40 PM.

The morning session includes  breakfast and a snack. The afternoon program includes lunch and a snack.

We also offer a School Day (Full Day) PreK class, primarily for kids who are returning for their second year with us. This includes breakfast, lunch and one snack, as well as a quiet/nap time and outside time.

This class will be on the same hybrid schedule as the half day classes, meeting from 8:05-2:40.

(NOTE: As COVID-19 phases and circumstances change there may also some changes to our class sessions, start times etc. There may be an online learning option and/or other offsite support for our kids and families, depending on expressed needs.)


Mission Statement

The ECEAP at Deer Park’s Early Learning Center Preschool serves young children and their families in a safe and nurturing environment by promoting physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development while honoring the individual strengths and culture of each child’s family. We are also a high quality, developmentally appropriate, inclusive and integrated program for children of all abilities.

Preschool Info, Events and Important Dates:

February 12-15- No School, President’s Day Break

March 15- No School, Teacher Learning Improvement Day

March 29- April 2- No classes, Preschool Spring Conferences

April 5-9- No School, Spring Break

May 31- No School, Memorial Day

Preschool Applications for the 2020/2021 School Year.

Parents and Guardians: we are currently accepting new student applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Our Family Service Coordinators, Chandra and Dottie, are available onsite to answer questions and facilitate enrollment for returning and new families. Pre-screen applications and/or enrollment packets can be emailed or mailed to you or you may call to arrange a time to pick one up. (Please be aware that we are not allowing parents or children into the building at this time. )

Please return completed forms to our building. If your child qualifies, the FSS will then call to set a time with you to come by and complete the full enrollment paperwork. They may request that you email any supporting documents such as copies of birth certificates, proof of income and any other necessary information.

This year we are having Parent Conferences/get to know you meetings prior to the first day of classes, so that you and your child may get acquainted with their teacher, classroom, expectations and our new protocols. Only one parent may attend. A teacher will contact you once your child is enrolled and assigned to a classroom.

There are no fees for this program. Questions? Please email our ECEAP Coordinator Vanessa Gilbert at or leave a message at 464-5680.

Early Childhood Websites

Conscious Discipline

We are guided by the Conscious Discipline philosophy which promotes permanent behavior change by following a conscious, relationship-based, community model. Conscious Discipline offers free resources to help build a family of safety, connection, and problem-solving! Check out their special COVID-19 family resources, free webinars and children’s activities.

Bright Futures
Bright Futures materials for families are available on a wide range of mental, physical, and emotional health issues for children from the prenatal months through age 21.

CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Campaign 
The campaign aims to educate parents about childhood development, including early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, and encourages developmental screening and intervention.

Family Voices
Family Voices provides information and education about the health care of children with special health needs. The website includes links to resources and information on advocacy.

KidsHealth provides families with up-to-date health information, with separate areas for kids, teens, and parents.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade. The site can locate accredited programs by zip code.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
Find information to help support you in caring for your child with a disability, or helping children with disabilities achieve their full potential.

Parent to Parent-USA
Parent to Parent programs provide emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notably by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained ‘Support Parent’.

The Whole Child
The Whole Child provides child development resources for parents and educators including articles, videos, and age appropriate activities.

ECEAP Teachers


Renee Attridge-Full Day Class

Kim Crecelius- Half Day A.M. and P.M.

Lacey Reynolds-Half Day A.M.

Terri Carlson- Online Preschool

Vanessa Gilbert-Special Education Teacher

Family Service Specialists

Chandra Champagne :

(509) 464-5681

Dorothy Foreman :

(509) 464-5687