Early Learning Center

Application Cover Sheet – English

Application Cover Sheet – Ukrainian

24-25 Early Learning Application – English

24-25 Early Learning Application – Ukrainian

Return applications via mail to the appropriate center location or via email to mjoynershanburn@batestech.edu

Bates Early Learning Center is available to students, staff and community children. The Bates Early Learning Center has locations at Downtown Campus and South Campus with three off-campus locations, in Eastside Tacoma, Fife/Milton, and Puyallup:

The center follows the college calendar for open days.

ECEAP – ECEAP (pronounced E-Cap) Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program is a FREE early learning childcare or preschool program for qualifying children ages 3-5 years.

School Day5.5-6.5 hours per day, 5 days a week during the school year.
Working Day10 hours a day, year-round, combining childcare and ECEAP. Parents must meet work or training requirements.


Early Head Start – Early Head Start (EHS) programs support pregnant women and children under the age of 3. EHS is a low-cost program for families that qualify for the DSHS Working Connections Childcare subsidy.

Head StartHead Start services are available at no cost to children ages birth to 5 in eligible families. Head Start preschool services work with children ages 3 to 5 and their families.

We also offer fee-based Child Care on a sliding-scale basis for those who do not qualify for Early Head Start or ECEAP. Child care scholarships are available for students who qualify through the Bates Technical College Foundation.

We offer:

• Quality learning opportunities

• Quality care for Children

• Child Education & Family Support services

• Social/Emotional Support for children & Health services

• Education, employment support and job skills training

• Nurturing supportive relationships

• Supportive staff and Family Engagement

• Nutritious meals

To get started, complete the Early Learning Application and return to the Family Support Specialist at the site of your choice.

Tacoma, Bates Technical College (Downtown Campus)

Early Head Start, ECEAP and Child Care only
1101 S. Yakima Ave.
253-680-7321, Mjoynershanburn@batestech.edu, Eden.tournay@batestech.edu

Tacoma, Bates Technical College (South Campus)

ECEAP only
2201 S. 78th St.
253-680-7547, dbeltran@batestech.edu

Tacoma, Eastside

4818 E. Portland Ave
253-212-9258, Mahealani.palepale@batestech.edu


ECEAP only
2003 Taylor St.
253-926-2423, Mkone@batestech.edu


ECEAP only
412 W. Pioneer Ave.
253-840-3257, Arolongarcia@batestech.edu, Soflaherty@batestech.edu

Additionally, several ECEAP and child care centers are located near the college. Please reach out to ECEAP Family Support Specialist at 253-680-7321 for more information, or Contact the Child Care Resource and Referral Network at 1.800.446.1114, for information on community agencies that serve infants, toddlers, and school-aged children.

For information about parenting classes or other resources available, please visit the Child Studies department.

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