Seattle Schools Looking to Expand Pre-K Program
Seattle Public Schools is celebrating our successful partnership with the City of Seattle and the Seattle Preschool Program and may be considering more preschool opportunities for families.
In 2014, Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative to fund quality preschool throughout Seattle. Since then, SPS' Department of Early Learning and the City's Department of Education and Early Learning have been collaborating to operate three preschool classrooms.
Right now, preschool is offered at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, Van Asselt Elementary School, and Original Van Asselt.
For many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It’s an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions, and begin the foundation for learning that will happen once they begin elementary school.
Studies show, on average, children gain about a third of a year of additional learning across language, reading, and math skills when attending preschool. Benefits to children’s socio-emotional development and health have been documented in programs that focus intensively on these areas.
Children must be 3 or 4 years old by August 31, 2015. All 4-year olds are eligible regardless of family income, but only 3-year olds from households 300% or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible.
You can find more information on the preschool programs on the SPS Early Learning webpage.
You can also visit the City of Seattle website for more information and to apply.