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    Early Learning with Seattle Public Schools

    Research has firmly established that investing in early learning yields powerful benefits for children, both in early elementary and as a cornerstone to their overall educational success. Yet it is not enough to provide quality education for a year or two in a child's early years.

    At Seattle Public Schools our vision is that all families and children have access to high-quality, inclusive learning experiences from preschool through third grade that meet the individual needs of children in order to promotes a sense of belonging, positive social relationships, whole child development, and academic learning that will build a strong foundation in school and life to reach their full potential.


    Seattle Preschool Program Voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative in Fall 2014 to fund high-quality preschool throughout the city. Seattle Public Schools is collaborating with the City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning to manage multiple preschool classrooms. Visit our Preschool web page for more information.

    Give your budding student a Head Start! This federally funded educational opportunity serves 3- and 4-year-olds and their families with full-day and half-day programs at various schools in our district. Visit our Head Start webpage for more information.

    Early Childhood Special Education Seattle Public Schools offers special education services for children age 3-5 determined eligible with a disability that impacts educational progress and who are in need of specially designed instruction. Visit our Early Childhood Special Education web page for more information.


    PreK and Kindergarten Admissions information.

    Welcome to Kindergarten packet 

    If you have registered your child for kindergarten, you'll receive a Welcome to Kindergarten mailing from Seattle Public Schools. It includes a letter from our superintendent aong with information about the different skills that most 5- and 6-year olds demonstrate when they are ready for school. 

    If somehow we missed you, let us know: email and we'll send you the packet right away.

    Jump Start

    Get a Jump Start on kindergarten with our FREE transition program for new students. Typically held the third or fourth week of August, Jump Start offers children a chance to get comfortable in their new school, meet teachers and staff, and feel ready and confident when school starts in September. Visit our Jump Start webpage for more information.


    Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a process of connecting the adults in a children's lives so that they can be ready to start school. State legislators began implementing WaKIDS in 2011, adding additional schools yearly. WaKIDS-funded schools must engage in each of these three elements:

    1. Family connection fostering a partnership between home and school
    2. Whole-child assessment- observing children's strengths and skills across different areas of development
    3. Early learning collaboration - building a common understanding between early learning and elementary school educators

    Kindergarten Family Connection Visits 

    Before starting school, each new kindergartner's family is offered the chance to meet with their student's teacher to begin building a home-school partnership. In order for teachers to meet with families, the kindergarten start date is postponed three days, to the Monday after Labor Day. Your school will contact you in late August to schedule a time to meet.

    2016 Parent/Guardian Survey Results

    October 2016, we asked families for feedback about their Family Connection visits. We heard from nearly 25% (1070) of all 4861 families. The results were very positive; to request a copy, contact Early Learning Coordinator Mary Fickes:

    Child Care Options

    Finding a quality child care arrangement for your child is a big decision for families. We have collected a list of child care providers who provide before and after school child care as well as preschool programs at schools in the district. Please contact the provider directly to learn more about enrollment and their programs. Start your child care search on our child care options webpage.

    Social Emotional Wellness: RULER

    Seattle Public School's RULER is a social-emotional literacy curriculum developed by Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. The Early Learning department has spearheaded the adoption of this curriculum, which is now in use at 50 elementary and middle schools across the district. Learn more about RULER.

    Our RULER program was recently featured on the blog in a post called "How do you feel? Ask a kindergartner." In the article, the host of the Seattle Channel Brian Callanan gives a helpful overview of how the program is helping students manage their emotions. Read the Seattle Channel story.


    From parents to community partners, we collect useful early learning resources for you. Visit our resources webpage.

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    Contact Us

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    8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.


    Important Dates

    Jump Start (Preschool to Kindergarten Transition): August 20th - 24th, 2018

    Family Connections Visits (Preschool & Kindergarten): September 5th - 7th, 2018

    SPS Seattle Preschool Program and Full-Day Head Start First Day of School: September 10th, 2018

    SPS Developmental Preschool and Part-Day Head Start First Day of School: September 17th, 2018

    Kindergarten First Day of School: September 10th, 2018