Early Learning

Early Learning at 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 for every child to experience a quality, cohesive and joyful learning experience from PreK through third grade that will provide the strong foundation needed to succeed in school and life.

Current Kindergarten Families: We Want to Hear From You

During the first 3 days of school, from September 7-9, SPS implemented a new way of starting Kindergarten across the District. All Kindergarten families were invited to meet with their teachers for individual "Family Connections" meetings. Family Connections is an element of the state's WaKIDS* Kindergarten transition process.It gives parents/guardians and teachers an opportunity to get acquainted early in the year to talk about goals and instruction. This collaboration is just one example of the District's commitment to its strategic goal of fostering strong family and community engagement.

We want to hear from families about the Family Connections and delayed start for Kindergarten. A survey will be sent home by schools to all Kindergarten parents/guardians/adult family members in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Chinese and English.

A School Messenger email will also be sent to Kindergarten families who prefer to respond on line. Teachers and building administrators are being surveyed separately. The survey will close 10/31/16.

Jump Start

Get a Jump Start on kindergarten with our FREE transition program for new students. 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.


Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative in fall 2014 to fund high quality preschool throughout the city. Seattle Public Schools is collaborating with the City's Department of Education and Early Learning to manage three preschool classrooms. Visit our Preschool webpage 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 half-day programs at various schools in our district. Visit our Head Start webpage for more information.

Join us to Play and Learn with your little one! Come to one of our Play and Learn groups for a fun and supportive educational play group for children ages birth to 5 and their caregivers. Learn more about Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Groups.

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.


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

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