Early Childhood Assistance Programs are state-funded, comprehensive child development programs for low-income families with children age four and eligible for kindergarten the following year. These programs follow the Head Start Performance Standards.
Eligibility and Enrollment
- Children from birth to age five with low income are eligible for Head Start, Early Head Start, and ECAP services. The poverty guidelines are found at Head Start ECAP Family Income Guidelines for 2012
- Children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are eligible for Head Start, Early Head Start, and ECAP services regardless of income.
- Children in foster care are eligible for Head Start, Early Head Start, and ECAP services, regardless of family income.
- Ten percent of enrollments are offered to children with disabilities.
- Children who come from families with slightly higher income may participate in Head Start, Early Head Start, and ECAP when space is available. You local program can discuss this with you.
Outcomes Each year, the ECAP program evaluates its ability to help children develop appropriately, and assist families in meeting self-identified goals.