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Seattle Preschool Program Expands

The application period is now open to all parents for the 2018 – 2019 school year



In 2014, Seattle voters approved Proposition 1B (Ordinance 124509) to fund a four-year pilot of the Seattle Preschool Program. The Seattle Preschool Program would help to prepare children to enter school with the skills they need to succeed.

The Seattle Preschool Program has now opened applications for the ’18-’19 school year, and expanded to more than 76 classrooms that serve more than 1,400 kids. 

Seattle Preschool Program is a high quality, city-wide, affordable preschool for children who live in Seattle and are between 3-4 years of age. They use a proven play-based curriculum that is nationally recognized, and offer full day school as well as optional before and after school at most sites. Some sites also have the option of dual language instruction. Tuition is also based on a sliding scale that makes it free for many families and affordable for all. 

Says Mayor Jenny Durkan, “The Seattle Preschool Program is reducing the barriers facing low-income families by investing in high quality early learning to help close the opportunity gap. Developing strong cognitive, emotional, and language development in our youngest learners is a giant step toward creating success in schools for years to come.” 

The additional 22 classrooms added in the past year will increase the geographic diversity of the program, with significant growth in neighborhoods throughout Seattle, allowing families in more areas access to high-quality preschools near their homes.

Applications are now open for all 4-year-olds in the city regardless of family income level and for three-year-old children whose families meet income eligibility requirements.

Visit seattle.gov/applyspp to check out our new sites and apply to the Seattle Preschool Program.


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