Early ECEAP Application for the 2019-20 School Year Now Available

October 18, 2019
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The Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) is excited to announce the release of its first Request for Application (RFA) for Early ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program). 

Early ECEAP will provide an opportunity to serve more at-risk infants and toddlers with comprehensive early learning and family support services modeled after the successful Early Head Start center-based program funded at the federal level by the Office of Head Start.


Through this RFA process, DCYF will award up to 10 Early ECEAP pilot sites to participate in readiness trainings for phased-in implementation. Full implementation of Early ECEAP is dependent on secured funding by 2020. If secured funding is achieved for full implementation, the 10 Early ECEAP pilot sites that have successfully participated in the readiness trainings would be eligible for full implementation of the pilot under the directive of DCYF.  


You must currently be executing at least one of the following models: Early Head Start, Head Start, ECEAP, tribally-funded early learning, child care centers or family home providers.

All RFA applicants must meet minimum licensing standards and be enrolled in the Early Achievers program.

Application Due Date

Applications are due November 11, 2019, by 5 p.m. to dcyf.hsco@dcyf.wa.gov.

Expected Time Period for Contract

December 2019 - February 28, 2020

Webinars/Application Conferences

Session 1: October 22 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Webex - click to participate
Meeting number (access code): 806 002 107
Meeting password: 6hnPt4Ti 

Session 2: October 23 from 1-2 p.m.
Webex - click to participate
Meeting number (access code): 807 264 776
Meeting password: 33ShrpyS 

RFA - Early ECEAP Application & Supporting Documents

All information related to the Early ECEAP RFA is posted to the DCYF Head Start Collaboration Office webpage: https://dcyf.wa.gov/services/early-learning-providers/head-start

It is highly advised to frequently visit the DCYF Head Start Collaboration Office website for updates.


For further information, please email Isidro Rodriguez, Early ECEAP Coordinator, at dcyf.hsco@dcyf.wa.gov.