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    Early Learning: Preschool through 3rd Grade

    2020-21 Enrollment Information

    2020-21 Preschool Enrollment: Seattle Public Schools offers three different preschool options for children 3 years - 5 years old.

    Seattle Preschool Program Application opens March 16, 2020 Learn more at Seattle Preschool Program

    Head Start Preschool Enroll today! Learn more at Head Start

    Developmental Preschool Individualized Education Program (IEP) Services. Learn more at Developmental Preschool

    2020-21 Kindergarten Enrollment: Is your child 5 years old by August 31, 2020? If yes, your child is eligible for kindergarten the next school year. Registration is open. Visit our enrollment webpage.

    2020-21 General Enrollment Information: School Tours and Open House Schedule

    2020-21 School Choice Formpdf icon Learn more about school choice on our School Choice and Open Enrollment webpage

    Why is Early Learning Important?

    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, culturally responsive, and inclusive learning experiences from preschool through fifth grade that meet the individual needs of children in order to promote 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. More information available at: Seattle Preschool Program

    Give your budding student a Head Start! This federally funded educational opportunity serves 3- and 4-year old and their families with full-day and half-day programs at various schools in our district. More information available at: Head Start Preschool Program

    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. More information available at: Developmental Preschool Program


    Kindergarten registration continues throughout the summer (with a 3 week hiatus between July 15-August 2. Registration is offline during this period in order to update all student records to reflect their new grade level). 

    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 along with information about the different skills that most 5- and 6-year olds demonstrate when they are ready for school.

    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.

    Please Note: Jumpstart 2020 will not be held in person as originally scheduled. Visit our Jump Start page to read about 2020 Transition to Kindergarten plans. More information available on the Jump Start webpage.

    WaKIDS 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. All public schools receive WaKIDS funding and are expected to offer:

    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.

    Please note: Family Connection 2020 We are awaiting guidance from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) on when and how Family Connections can be offered.

    Our usual practice before the start of school is to offer each new kindergartner's family the chance to meet with their student's teacher. The goal is to foster a good home-school partnership. For this reason, kindergarten has a special start day, Sept. 8. We anticipate Family Connection visits occurring Sept. 2-4. All dates will be confirmed and communication will be sent to families.

    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. More information available at: Child Care Provider's

    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. More information available at: Ruler

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    Early Learning Dates

    Please note there will be changes to 2020 programs due to the COVID-19 school building closures.  

    Jump Start for Incoming Kindergarten Students

    August 2020 Jump Start will not happen in person. 

    Learn more about Jump Start

    Family Connections We are awaiting guidance from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

    Tentative dates: September 2, 2020 - September 4, 2020

    First Day of School for Kindergarten and Preschool Students
    September 8, 2020

    First Day of School 1st - 12 Grade Students

    September 2, 2020

    Read more about Seattle Public Schools calendar dates.