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    Preschool Program Task Force

    The primary purpose of the Seattle Preschool Program Task Force is to prepare a report to the superintendent regarding the impacts, risks and benefits for sustaining and expanding the Seattle Preschool Program within Seattle Public Schools.

    The superintendent will use this report, along with other important data, to make recommendations to the School Board for potential changes in the 2017-18 school year. The report should include:

    • Analysis of the student population being served to date by Seattle Preschool Program in comparison with the numbers of children ages 3-5 served by Seattle Public Schools’ Special Education Department.
    • Review of the current funding model and feasibility of eliminating the 25 percent performance hold back.

    Preschool Task Force CharterPDF icon
    Preschool Task Force Final ReportPDF icon


    The Preschool Program Task Force will meet approximately monthly from May 2016 to December 2016.

    Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed to analyze community input, review operational issues, and finalize recommendations to the Superintendent.

    First two meetings:
    May 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    June 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Remaining meetings: Members will vote at the May meeting to determine dates and times for remaining meetings.


    Our goal is for the task force to include staff, family, and community members who represent the diversity of Seattle Public Schools and who can provide valuable insight and perspective regarding the future of the Seattle Preschool Program in Seattle Public Schools. Members should bring an open mind, a passion for student learning, and a willingness to engage in inquiry, meaningful dialogue, and collaboration throughout the task force process.

    Cashel Toner

    Cashel Toner
    Director of Early Learning

    This Task Force has adjourned