The Head Start program and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) provide free preschool education and support services to children, three to five years old, and resource referrals and training opportunities for families who meet the income eligibility criteria and who live within the Kent School District Boundaries.


For Children

  • Preschool curriculum designed for the individual child
  • Activities which build self-esteem, social, educational and physical skills
  • Atmosphere which honors diversity
  • Developmental screenings and referrals
  • Small class sizes
  • Bus transportation in many areas
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Medical, dental, vision and hearing screenings
  • Health, nutrition, and safety education activities

For Families

  • Family support services and case management
  • Parent meetings, groups and classes (trainings based upon the parent’s interests)
  • Parent / Guardian education, leadership opportunities, support and program governance
  • Community resource and referral information and referrals to community services
  • Opportunities for personal growth, empowerment and leadership advocacy
  • Job training and employment opportunities
  • Parent skill building opportunities
  • Information on health and nutrition and child development


10630 SE 204th St
Kent, WA 98031

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

336 2nd Ave S
Kent, WA 98032

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

318 3rd Ave S
Kent, WA 98032

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

13111 SE 274th St
Kent, WA 98030

Morning Classes
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon Classes
12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

26915 186th Ave SE
Covington, WA 98042

22300 132nd Ave SE
Kent, WA 98042
FSS Main Contact 253-630-9590

8:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
11:50 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Facility Room Rental Opportunities

Meeting room with kitchenette, dividable, 62 people capacity each side.
Contact (253) 630-9590 for prices and availability.

Program Director


Families receiving public assistance grants and children in foster care are eligible, as are many parents with limited incomes who are working or in school. The majority of children enrolled in ECEAP and Head Start programs are four years old by August 31.

  1. Family income level must be at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) guidelines for their family size,
  2. Children three to five years of age,
  3. Residing or attending daycare within the Kent School District service area.
Priority Enrollments

Enrollment priority is given to children who meet the homeless definition and children who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) through the local school’s Special Education Department.


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    • Jamie Siev


      Am i still able tonenroll my chi if ee are avov the povert libe? If niot, can you please refer me to where i can?

      Thank you very much!

      • Nathan Box

        Jamie, for more information, please call 253-859-0300.

    • Natasha

      Do you have seevices for children age 15 months?

      • Nathan Box

        We offer a infant and toddler mental health program. For more information, please email us at

    • Jona

      My son said school have iep not yet enroll school lot day need to do

      • Nathan Box

        Jona, I don’t quite understand your question.


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