• Families & Communities (3 - 8 Years of Age):
    Early Childhood Assistance Program

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  • The Early Childhood Assistance Program (ECAP) is a state-funded, comprehensive child development program for income-eligible families with preschool age children.  The Office of Early Learning (OEL) contracts and partners with public and private early learning programs to deliver ECAP services to 845 three-year-old and four-year-old children statewide. ECAP began in 1994 and is found in the Delaware Legislative Code.

    ECAPs follow required Head Start Program Performance Standards and are at least a Star 4 in Delaware’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

    If you are interested in learning about enrollment in an Early Childhood Assistance Program, please contact the ECAP provider closest to your family.

    If you are interested in employment at an ECAP, please reach out directly to programs.

    If you are a provider and interested in learning more about the process to become an ECAP program, please contact the Office of Early Learning as noted below.

Last Modified on May 8, 2019