Deer Park Early Learning Center/ECEAP

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ECEAP

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!

There are four half day classes held Monday – Thursday:

Two morning sessions from 8:05 AM – 11:55 AM

Two afternoon sessions from 11:55 PM – 2:55 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 from 8:05 am -2:55 pm, primarily for kids who are returning for their second year. This includes breakfast, lunch and one snack, as well as a quiet/nap time and outside time.

(In light of COVID-19 there may some changes to our class sessions, start times or days on or off site by September of 2020. We will post updated information here as we become aware of it. We were able to provide continued services in Spring of 2020 via virtual circle times and other offsite support.)

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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 News, Events and Important Dates:

June 17– Last Day of the 2019-2020 School Year.

Sept 02– First Day of School Day (Full Day) Class

Sept 14– First Day of Half Day Classes

Have a great and safe Summer! We wish you well.

Preschool Applications for the 2020/2021 School Year.

Parents and Guardians: we are currently accepting new student applications for the 2020-2021 school year. As of June 17th, our building is closed for Summer Break. Pre-screen applications will be available all summer at the District Administrative Office at North 428 Main Ave in Deer Park. Please return completed forms to that location or mail it in to ATTN: ECEAP PreScreen at that address. (Zip Code 99006) One of our Family Service Specialists will contact you when we return to our office in late August. If your child qualifies, the FSS will then set up an appointment with you to come in and complete the full enrollment paperwork.

There are no fees for this program. Questions? Please email our  ECEAP Coordinator Angie Farmer at angie.farmer@dpsdmail.org or leave a message at 464-5680.

Early Childhood Websites

Conscious Discipline

We are going into our fourth year of implementation of this wonderful approach to handling big emotions and behaviors in the classroom and at home. Conscious Discipline always has amazing 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 spec ial health needs. The website includes links to resources and information on advocacy.

KidsHealth®
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

Teachers

Mrs. Renee-Full Day Class

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

Miss Lacey-Half Day A.M. 

Miss Terri- Half Day P.M. 

Mrs. Nessa-Special Education Teacher

Family Service Specialists

Chandra Champagne 

Dorothy Foreman