PreK-3rd Early Learning Department
Join JUMP START: Free Summer Transition Week for New Kindergarten Students August 18-22 at 50 schools throughout Seattle
For the third consecutive year, Seattle Public Schools is offering incoming Kindergarten students the opportunity to make a gentle transition into the world of elementary school. During the week of August 18-22, students will spend the mornings at their new school, meeting teachers and staff, learning their way around the building and playground, and getting a “jump” on the routines used in their classrooms. Families will receive a welcome and invitation from their school principal along with registration paperwork. Children must register and return health and emergency contact information before participating. This flyer (translated in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese and Chinese) explain the program and list the 50 schools offering Jump Start in Summer 2014.
For more information, please contact the school your child will be attending, or the SPS Early Learning department (206) 252-0127.
Early Learning Programs & Initiatives
Through partnerships and collaboration, the Early Learning department seeks to create an equitable system of early education, anchored in cultural relevance, effective instruction and whole-child development. Our current efforts to create an equitable education for all children include:
- Seattle Public Schools Head Start (half day and full day models)
- South Shore Elementary - PreK-3rd Partnership with the New School Foundation
- Community Alignment Partner Programs - child care, before and after school care and community learning centers housed in Seattle Schools
- Seattle Schools PreK-3rd Professional Development
- PreK-3rd Partnership - a district/City of Seattle and private partnership for early learning.
Research has firmly established that investing in early learning yields powerful benefits for children; both in early elementary and in 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 Schools our vision is for every child to experience a quality, cohesive and joyful learning experience from PreK through 3rd grade that will provide the strong foundation needed to succeed in school and life.
Seattle Schools is committed to working with our partners to create a well‐aligned educational continuum providing access for all children to high quality, full-day PreK which is aligned to quality full day Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. To realize this vision Seattle Schools, along with our private and City of Seattle partners have drafted a five year PreK-3rd Action Plan, with the following goals:
- Expand access to quality PreK and Full Day Kindergarten
- Increase quality of education across the PreK-3rd continuum
- Develop and implement aligned standard assessment tools and data systems
- Create seamless transitions across the continuum
- Increase support and Intervention for children who need it most
Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines Translated for Families
Seattle Public Schools and four other nearby school districts have collaborated to produce checklists for families to use to get an idea of what skills and activities are typical in our Kindergarten classrooms. These checklists are available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Cambodian, Arabic, Marshallese, Somali, Oromo, Tigrigna and Amharic.
Parents and caregivers can assess whether their children are demonstrating these skills already or are working on developing them. The 6 areas and the individual skills are drawn from the WA Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS). WaKIDS is used in many classrooms around the state to provide a snapshot of where kindergartners are in their development early in the school year. For more information, visit the state education office (OSPI) website: http://www.k12.wa.us/WaKIDS/About/default.aspx