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Free Early Learning Programs for Children Birth through Age 4

Children in foster care and many children living in relative care are eligible for Early Head Start, Head Start and ECEAP (the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program - pronounced "e-cap"). All children covered by a foster care or TANF grant are eligible, as well as other children living with relatives who have low incomes. Apply as early as you can in the spring or summer, since there is limited space. There is no cost for these programs and you are encouraged to apply!

  • Early Head Start (EHS) serves children from birth to age three and their families. The program enhances children's physical, social, emotional and intellectual development while supporting parents and guardians in their roles. Many Early Head Start programs provide full day child care.
  • ECEAP and Head Start provide half day or full day preschool, health services coordination, and family support and involvement for 3- and 4-year-olds and their families. These programs prepare children for success in school and life.

Learn more about ECEAP, Head Start and Early Head Start at or contact your social worker.