Request for Application for ECEAP Expansion Released

December 2, 2019
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Are you interested in starting or expanding Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) services? The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) has released the Request for Application (RFA) for ECEAP Expansion for 2020-21.

ECEAP is Washington's pre-kindergarten program for low income 3- and 4-year-old children and their families. To promote school success, ECEAP provides preschool education, family support and health and nutrition services. Research shows high-quality early learning programs like ECEAP save states money over the long run by reducing the need for remedial services in schools, social services and criminal justice.

The RFA was released on December 2, 2019, and is open to current and potential ECEAP providers. Here are some key pieces of information for this process:

When Are Applications Due?

Applications are due January 29, 2020, by 4 p.m.  

Where Can I Find the Application Materials?

All RFA materials can be found on DCYF’s ECEAP Expansion website.

How Can I Learn More About the RFA for ECEAP Expansion?

Applicant webinars are available to attend in December and January. These webinars are open to all interested applicants. During the webinar, participants will be oriented to the RFA and be able to ask questions. The options available are:

Webinars/Application Conferences



Please Note:

  • Both webinar 1 and 2 are the same content and will have opportunities for Q&A
  • The Tribal Applicants webinar will share previous changes made to the RFA related to tribes and have time for dialogue and questions


Webinar 1:

Webinar for Tribal Applicants:

Webinar 2:

Who Do I Contact if I Have Questions About the RFA for ECEAP Expansion?

For questions about the RFA process, please email the ECEAP Expansion RFA Coordinators at

Questions will be gathered and responded to weekly. In addition, a Question and Answer (Q&A) document will be uploaded to the ECEAP Expansion of Services website and updated regularly throughout the RFA process (see RFA materials for more detail).


ECEAP is a high-quality preschool option for eligible children and families. You can help 3- and 4-year-old children in your community be ready for kindergarten!

If you are interested in learning more about the impact ECEAP makes on children, families and communities, please read the ECEAP Outcomes Report on the DCYF website.