Applications for 2024-25 School Year are now Available!

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The mission of Discovery Place Preschool and ECEAP program
is to provide an inclusive setting within a caring, equitable, community of
learners that promotes optimal physical, social-emotional, and cognitive
development of each child as well as self-sufficiency for each child’s family
resulting in healthy, happy and helpful children who love learning and are
prepared for Kindergarten and beyond with families who are in a great position
to support their children’s lifelong learning and development!

What is ECEAP?

ECEAP is free for qualifying families

Days, Time, and Location

Monday - Thursdays 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

We no longer have private pay slots

We are an ECEAP program (Free Preschool) for qualifying families

Located in the Cedarhome neighborhood near Cedarhome Elementary School

28223 71st Dr. NW

Stanwood, WA

There are several ways you may be eligible to apply for ECEAP

  • if you are income eligible

  • If you currently experienced a sudden and unexpected loss/change of job or income

  • If your child is on an IEP or was on an IFSP

  • If your child has previously been enrolled in a qualifying Birth to Three Program (Early Head Start, Early ECEAP, ISIT)

  • If you are currently experiencing homelessness

  • If you are providing kinship or foster care for the child

The program offers:

  • ECEAP services, which includes health screenings, a high quality preschool program, family events, and family mentoring.

  • The school district provides transportation from Discovery Place Preschool to the Developmental Preschool if your child is enrolled there and it is determined that it is the best place for services for part of the day

  • Music Prodigies music program

  • Three parent conferences with you each year to discuss learning goals which are incorporated into the curriculum and family goals.

  • Activity ideas and resources to do at home with your child

  • In-home setting with one-on-one care

  • Newsletters every 4-6 weeks introducing each new study

  • Family events

  • Private Facebook group that includes photos and descriptions of what we're doing each day

  • Creative Curriculum

  • Lifelong friendships!


  • 8:30 - 9:30 Arrival, breakfast, free-play

  • 9:30 - 10:15 Circle time and Music Prodigies Class

  • 10:15 - 10:50 Outdoor play

  • 10:50 - 11:30 Small group learning activities and then free play in the centers

  • 11:30 - 12:15 Lunch, brush teeth, and story time

  • 12:15 - 1:15 Outside play. Bus picks children up at 12:40 for Developmental Preschool

  • 1:15 - 2:40 Stories, mindfulness, rest time, and quiet learning activities for those who do not nap

  • 2:40- 3:00 Snack time

  • 3:00 - 3:30 Gather coats, back packs, read stories on the porch, & pick up time.

About the Teacher

I am DeAnn Jones, an active member of Stanwood. I have been teaching preschool for 12 years. I have volunteered in the Kindergarten classroom at Cedarhome and Twin City Elementary schools within the past year, so I understand what is expected of children in Kindergarten. I teach early childhood education classes for Purdue University Global, Purdue's online degree program. This combination of teaching both young children and college students helps me keep my skills up-to-date as I teach research-based teaching methods that I also use in my own preschool. I love teaching children and watching them grow into emotionally intelligent, healthy, happy and helpful children who love learning and are prepared for Kindergarten!


B.S. Child and Family Studies, Purdue University

M.S. Family and Human Development, Utah State University

Ph.D. Family and Human Development, Utah State University

For more detailed information about the program visit:

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Our Facebook Page:

Our more detailed Website:

Fill out the ECEAP application to be put on the waitlist. Email it to: and/or schedule a time to bring the application and other documents to make it official.

Click on the images below to download the documents for ECEAP eligibility and fill out the ECEAP application.

Click here for the full application for 2024-25

Registration for new students is May - August 2024

Questions and Answers:

  • Can I see the program first before I join?

Absolutely! I'd love to give you a tour of our place and show you the learning environment, activities, and play area. You can also come and observe the program in action. Call 360-899-1019 or email to set up a time to visit.

  • How many openings are there?

There will be about 4 openings this fall.

  • If more enroll than there are openings, how do you determine who gets in? Is it first come first served?

Eligibility is determined with a point system. If there are more applications than there are spots, points are awarded based on priority needs. The children with the most points are given the spots. This is an ECEAP-wide priority point system, not specific to Discovery Place. It is not first come first served. If there are not more applicants than there are spots, children are enrolled based on being "eligible" to enroll (low income, child has an IEP, family is facing homelessness, if child was in a birth to three program, etc.).

Have additional questions? Call 360-899-1019

© 2022 DeAnn Jones