Request for Application for ECEAP Expansion Released

November 5, 2021
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Are you interested in starting or expanding Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) services? The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) has released the Request for Application (RFA) for ECEAP Expansion for 2022-2023.

ECEAP is Washington's pre-kindergarten program that prepares 3- and 4-year-old children and families furthest from opportunity for success in school and in life. ECEAP provides child-centered, individualized preschool education and health coordination services on a foundation of strengths-based family support for the specialized population we serve. 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 is now open to current and potential ECEAP contractors. Here are some key pieces of information for this process:

When are Applications Due?

Applications are due Dec. 15, 2021, 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?

A recorded applicant webinar is available here.

Open office hours on Zoom to answer questions will take place:

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 2018-19 ECEAP Outcomes Report (PDF).