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.
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.