• Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program


    ECEAP The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a FREE preschool program serving low-income children and families, providing quality educational experiences that cultivate the potential of the whole child, and by providing access to health, nutrition and family supports.

    Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program - Key Outcomes:



    Early Childhood Education (Preschool)

    Ready and Successful Children

    Health and Nutrition

    Healthy Children, Ready to Learn

    Family Support

    Ready and Successful Families

    Why ECEAP?

    ECEAP helps children get ready for kindergarten and beyond. Children in programs similar to ECEAP are:

    • 50% more likely to graduate from high school and go onto college
    • Healthier when they start kindergarten
    • More likely to be employed and earn 70% more after graduating from college

    Services Offered

    • Education
    • Preschool experience focusing on the needs of the whole child
    • Activities which build self-esteem, social skills, and physical skills
    • Highlights the strengths and diversity of each individual child
    • Developmental screenings
    • Small class sizes
    • Health and Nutrition
    • Medical, dental, vision and hearing screenings
    • Nutritious family-style meals
    • Health and nutrition education for children and families
    • Family Support
      Parents are empowered to set goals for themselves and their families and may receive assistance with a variety of topics, including housing, school, employment, parenting, and leadership development.
    • Parent education, meetings, and Family Fun Nights
    • Resources and referrals to community agencies
    • Opportunities for personal growth, empowerment, and leadership
    • Connection to job training and employment programs
    • Learn about advocacy and leadership development

    Parents Getting Involved
    Parents can get involved in many ways, including but not limited to:

    • Assisting in making program decisions
    • Attending parent meetings and classes, such as parenting education
    • Volunteering in the classroom, reading with a child, or assisting with projects
    • Being active in your child’s learning at home as your child’s first teacher
    • Learning about careers, job readiness, and gaining valuable work experience
    • Advocating for your child / family as a leader in your community

    Program Eligibility and Contact Information

    Income Eligibility Guidelines are used as a starting point to review each application on a case-by-case basis. Some children whose families are over-income may be accepted if the family is impacted by certain environmental factors or if the child is impacted by developmental risk factors.

    Kiona-Benton School District Program Office Email:  eceap@kibesd.org 509-588-2194 Fax 509-588-6633