Disproportionality in ECEAP Enrollment
Each year, around 15,000 children are enrolled in Washington's Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP). DCYF tracks disproportionality in ECEAP enrollment using a Disproportionality Ratio. A disproportionality ratio of 1.0 would indicate that children of that race/ethnicity are enrolled in ECEAP at the same rate they exist in the underlying income-eligible population. For the past few years, Asian/Pacific Islander children have been enrolled in ECEAP at close to twice the rate that they are represented in the eligible population. Black/African American children have been slightly over-represented, while other groups have been consistently under-represented to varying degrees.