PSESD Early Learning
We are an umbrella agency of the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), working in partnership with subcontractors in King and Pierce counties, such as school districts, child care centers, community agencies, and colleges. We offer comprehensive, child- and family-centered programs that combine education and school readiness, family support and social services, family engagement opportunities, and health and nutrition services. We maintain high quality services by implementing systems that are supported by ECEAP Performance Standards, the Head Start Act and Head Start Performance Standards. We also provide contract management and administration, monitoring, and overall program coordination assistance to our subcontractors.
Program Options and Funding
- ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) is a state preschool program funded by Washington state's Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). Funding is appropriated by the state legislature and funding levels are determined each biennium in the legislative budget session.
- Head Start and Early Head Start are federal programs authorized and appropriated by Congress through the Department of Health and Human Services. PSESD is one of many grantees in the four state region (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) that makes up Region 10. We get our funds from the Region 10 Office of Head Start.