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Welcome to the Puget Sound ESD Early Learning Program

What is the PSESD Early Learning Program?

We're part of Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), an umbrella agency working in partnership with Early Learning sub-contractors in King and Pierce counties. School Readiness is at the heart of our program and our goal is to make certain all children enrolled are ready to succeed in school. The Early Learning Program has integrated two programs - ECEAP and Head Start/Early Head Start. We offer comprehensive, school readiness, family-centered programs that combine education, social services, family support, family engagement, and health and nutrition services for children and families with limited incomes.

How are we funded?

ECEAP is a state-funded program whose funding comes through a contract between Puget Sound ESD and the Washington State Department of Early Learning. 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 funding is 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 X. We get our funds from the Region X Office of Head Start. PSESD distributes the federal Head Start funds to each of their Head Start and Early Head Start sub-contractors.

What program options do we offer?

The Early Learning Program model has 4 options:

  1. Part day-children attend school 4 days per week for 3.5 hours per day
  2. Full Day-children attend childcare/preschool at least 6 hours per day
  3. Extended Full Day-children attend 10-hours a day or more
  4. Family Child Care-children attend preschool in a Family Child Care home

Early Head Start (EHS), also a part of the Early Learning Program, has two program options: Center Based and Home Based. In Home Based services, a Home Visitor works with families once each week in their homes. Each family is also offered two opportunities per month to gather for a Socialization group. In the EHS Center Based model, infants and toddlers are enrolled in Child Care/EHS centers.