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Early Learning

Early Learning

The Early Learning program includes federally funded Head Start and Early Head Start and state funded Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and serves more than 4,700 children and families in King and Pierce counties. We provide grant management, liaison with state agencies, offer training, technical assistance, professional development, and overall program coordination.

Preschool (Head Start, ECEAP)

Is a preschool program for three- and four-year-old children and is free to eligible families who meet income guidelines. The program provides early childhood experiences such as:

  • Learning activities
  • Social development and problem solving
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Health screenings and follow-up
  • Family support services
  • Family engagement and leadership opportunities

Each classroom has teachers who work with parents to design individual learning plans. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and extend their child’s learning and growth at home.

Early Head Start

Is a comprehensive program that serves income-eligible children birth to three years of age, pregnant women and their families through home-based or quality licensed childcare settings.   EHS serves children in foster care/kinship care, teen parents, children with disabilities and women incarcerated at the Washington Corrections Center for Women and families living on limited incomes. Home-based/Center-based services include:

  • Early childhood education and group socialization experiences
  • Parent-child bonding & attachment education and support
  • Nutritious meals and nutrition education
  • Child health & development screenings, assessments and follow-up
  • Family support services and community resources
  • Family engagement and leadership opportunities

To find a classroom for your child in either King or Pierce County, visit the PSESD Early Learning website at www.EarlyLearningWA.org and select the “Find A Classroom” tab.

Annual Reports and Community Assessment

Please visit any of our individual program pages provided on this website: