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What is an EEC?

Early Education Centers are high quality developmentally appropriate preschool programs that address the social-emotional, physical and cognitive needs of the population served. The mission and beliefs of ECED outlines a commitment and responsibility to the diverse cultural and linguistic needs of children and families.

Who Qualifies?

Eligibility is established at the time of enrollment. First priority is given to children receiving child protective services or who are at risk of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation. Second priority is given to eligible four year olds (defined as children turning 4 on or before September 1 of the school year). Third priority is given to eligible two, three and five year olds. Within these priorities, families with the lowest adjusted gross monthly income are admitted first.  

Additionally, for full-day Early Childhood Education programs, priority 2 and 3 families must provide documentation verifying that all adults counted in the family size are employed, actively seeking employment (shall be less than 30 hours per week), attending school/training during center hours (including online courses), have a parental incapacity or are seeking permanent housing (shall be less than 30 hours per week).