Free Pre-School

YWCA Spokane's childhood education and assistance program for children 3 & 4 years old

Transforming the Future by making a difference in the lives of children & families

YWCA’s Free Preschool Program provides education, resources, health and nutrition services, family support, advocacy training, and parent education at three locations within the Spokane area for youth 3 and 4 years old and their families. 

How To Apply

If you have questions about the application form email eceap-questions@ywcaspokane.org

Online

Fill out the application online.

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Want more info first?

Complete this short interest form and our staff will contact you and answer any questions you have.

By Mail

Complete the paper application and mail it to:

YWCA Spokane
Attn: Free Pre-School
930 N Monroe St
Spokane, WA 99201

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In Person

Connect with us in person to complete your application or drop it off:

10:00am - 3:00pm, MON-FRI

YWCA Spokane
930 N Monroe St
Spokane, WA 99201

Locations

Staff availability is limited in the summer because our pre-school program follows the same calendar schedule as the school district in each area. 

Spokane

930 N Monroe St
Spokane, WA 99201
DTECEAP@ywcaspokane.org
Classroom 148: 509-993-8219
Classroom 157: 509-863-2257

Hours

  • Mon: 8am-3pm
  • Tue: 8am-3pm
  • Wed: 8am-3pm
  • Thu: 8am-3pm
  • Fri: Non-student Day

Airway Heights

13513 W 6th Ave
Airway Heights, WA 99001
WPECEAP@ywcaspokane.org
Classroom A: 509-954-1465
Classroom B: 509-244-4833

Hours

  • Mon: 8am-3pm
  • Tue: 8am-3pm
  • Wed: 8am-3pm
  • Thu: 8am-3pm
  • Fri: Non-student Day

Medical Lake

119 N Lefevre St
Medical Lake, WA 99002
MLECEAP@ywcaspokane.org
Classroom: 509-290-7184

Hours

  • Mon: 8am-3pm
  • Tue: 8am-3pm
  • Wed: 8am-3pm
  • Thu: 8am-3pm
  • Fri: Non-student Day

A Quality Child Care Program

YWCA Spokane's free pre-school program is part of ECEAP, which is the Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program provided by Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families. 

About ECEAP

Parent Resources

Financial Qualification

View the ECEAP State Median Income Chart to understand if your family qualifies for this free-preschool program.

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Conscious Discipline

Within our classrooms and with our pre-school families, we use a trauma-informed social and emotional learning approached called Conscious Discipline.

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Additional Information

ECEAP Interest Form

If you aren't ready to complete the ECEAP application and prefer to learn more about this program first, please complete the below form.  Our staff will be in touch to help you determine if it is a good fit for your child and family.

Your Personal Information

Your Name(Required)
Your Email Address(Required)
When is the best time for us to reach you?

Youth Information

We have a couple short questions that will help us ensure we get you connected to the right person.
The Youth's Name(Required)
Which classroom location are you interested in?

The Conscious Discipline Brain State Model is a multidisciplinary approach based on three distinct brain-body states in adults and children that drive behavior. This model empowers us to be conscious of brain-body states in ourselves and children. It then provides us with the practical skills we need to manage our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

With this ability to self-regulate, we are then able to teach children to do the same. We help children who are physically aggressive (survival state) or verbally aggressive (emotional state) become more integrated so they can learn and use problem-solving skills (executive state).

When we understand the brain state model, we can clearly see the importance of building our homes, schools and businesses on the core principles of safety, connection and problem-solving.

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Q: What does this program cost to parents and caregivers?
A: ECEAP is a zero-cost program.

Q: Is every child eligible for ECEAP?
A: Eligibility is based on age and family income.

Some children are eligible who have multiple support needs which may include environmental factors, such as:

  • homelessness
  • family violence
  • chemical dependency
  • foster care
  • incarcerated parents

and/or developmental factors, such as:

  • developmental delay
  • being in an Individualized Education Program
  • other special needs

Children with disabilities who qualify for special education services and/or previously participated in certain birth to age three programs are also eligible for ECEAP.

After eligibility is determined, children are prioritized for enrollment as space is available.

Q: What is the age range?
A: Enrolled students must be 3 to 4 years old.

In the Policy Council, parents and community members work together with ECEAP staff to educate legislators about the positive effects for children and families with ECEAP. Learn more about Parent Advocacy

Blog

Feb 23, 2024 Jul 22 @ 9:14 pm

Recap | Pathways Forward: Youth Self-Regulation

A conversation about self-regulation and social emotional learning centered on youth. View Recording On February 21, 2024, Caroline Mark (YWCA Spokane) moderated a powerful Pathways Forward conversation, between Rumyana Kudeva (SRHD) and Jaime Stacy (SWAG), about self-regulation and social emotional…

Feb 2, 2024 Jul 22 @ 9:14 pm

Mission Moment – ECEAP Parent Advocacy

The Role of Parents in ECEAP ECEAP (pronounced e-cap) stands for Early Childhood Education Assistant Program. YWCA Spokane’s ECEAP teaches important life skills and wraps the entire family in holistic care. We know that supporting parents, caregivers, and the entire…

Jan 22, 2024 Jul 22 @ 9:14 pm

2024 Self-Care Summit for Youth

This January we held our second annual self-care summit for youth in Spokane.  The Self-Care Summit (previously called Transformations Self-Care Celebrations) is a special one day conference for youth that is provided through a partnership between YWCA Spokane and SWAG…

Events

Jul 12, 2024 Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.

Jul 10, 2024 Aug 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.

August 8th, 2024 10:00am – 11:30am Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on August 8th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA Spokane’s free and confidential services. This Training…

Jun 11, 2024 Aug 12 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Transformations Camp – August 2024

August 12th – 16th, 2024 9:00 am – 2:00 pm every day A special week-long summer empowerment camp centering the experienes of young women of color This camp includes: Free breakfast, lunch and snacks The opportunity for youth to get…