Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program

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Bates offers an ECEAP preschool program for children who are three years old before Aug. 31 in several convenient Pierce County locations. The program is free for low income families who qualify (students, staff, and families within the community).

This high-quality preschool program offers:

• Quality learning opportunities

• Quality care for Children

• Child Education & Family Support services

• Social/Emotional Support for children & Health services

• Education, employment support and job skills training

• Nurturing supportive relationships

• Supportive staff and Family Engagement

• Nutritious meals

Hours vary at each site, but several program models are offered – including part-day, full-day, and extended-day care.

If you have an infant or toddler, our Downtown Campus location also offers Early Head Start services for children 4 weeks to 2 and ½ years old (families must qualify for DSHS Working Connections Child Care to be eligible for Early Head Start). Additionally, our Early Learning Center offers child care on a sliding-scale basis. Learn more about the college’s child care center here.

Choose the ECEAP location that works for you! Call for information about space and eligibility.

Tacoma, Eastside
3575 Portland Ave. E

2003 Taylor St. 

412 W. Pioneer Ave. 

Tacoma, Bates Technical College (Downtown Campus)
1101 S. Yakima Ave. 

Tacoma, Bates Technical College (South Campus)
2201 S. 78th St. 

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