Head Start / ECEAP

Head Start and ECEAP are federally- and state-funded free preschool programs for qualifying families. The Hewins Early Learning Center enrolls over 200 children in these programs each year. The ELC offers AM and PM classes to families residing in the Franklin Pierce School District. Children must be 3 or 4 years old by August 31st of the school year. For children younger than 3 years old, Early Head Start home visiting may be an option. If you have questions about the program or need assistance with enrollment please contact Lauren Luedeke at (253) 298-4688 or lluedeke@fpschools.org.

Class is in session on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays. There is no school on Wednesdays.

The classes are 3 ½ hours long and are offered in two separate sessions.

AM Classes 8:00am - 11:30am

PM Classes 11:30am - 3:00pm

Families may apply for Free Head Start and ECEAP classes by completing the forms below and submitting them to the lluedeke@fpschools.org.

Please remember there is an income verification for these programs.

Click here for the 2024-2025 Early Learning Application in English.

Click here for the 2024-2025 Early Learning Application in Spanish.

  • Proof of Income (W2, 1040 tax return or 12 months of paystubs)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Immunizations OR permission to look up on WAIIS
  • Proof of Pubic Assistance, if any received
  • Proof of Residency and/or Verification of Residence