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    Will your child be 5 years old by August 31, 2021? If YES, your child is eligible to enroll in Kindergarten. Register today for the 2021-22 school year. 

    Learn more about kindergarten:     

    After registering, you can complete a Choice form if you prefer a school other than your attendance area school.  Choice form deadline: May 31.

    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 Early Learning vision is that all families and children have access to high-quality, culturally responsive, and inclusive learning experiences from preschool through fifth grade. Each child deserves instruction that meets their individual needs. Schools must promote social and emotional growth as well as physical, cognitive, and academic development to help students reach their full potential. 


    2021-22 Preschool Enrollment: Seattle Public Schools offers three different preschool options for children 3 years - 5 years old.


    Seattle Preschool Program is funded through the voter-approved Seattle Families & Education Levy. Seattle Public Schools collaborates 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: Early Childhood Special Education Program


    Jump Start 

     Get a Jump Start on kindergarten with our FREE transition program for new kindergarten students and their families. Held each August, this one-week program is similar to a day camp. Jump Start gives children a chance to get comfortable in their new school, meet staff and peers and explore the school campus so that they feel ready and confident when school starts in September. 

    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 until the next week. Your school will contact you in late August to schedule a time to meet. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange for an interpreter. 

    Please note: It is not known yet whether September 2021 Family Connection visits will be offered in person at schools or remotely by telephone or video-conference. Decisions will be made with guidance from state and local health departments.Updates will be posted here and on the SPS School News page.

    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. Read more about school-based Child Care Providers.


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    Dates to Note

    Jump Start for Incoming Kindergarten Students

    August 16-20, 2021  9 am - 12 pm daily    

    Learn more about Jump Start

    Family Connections 

    September 1, 2021 - September 3, 2021

    First Day of School for Kindergarten and Preschool Students
    September 9, 2021

    First Day of School 1st - 12th Grade Students

    September 1, 2021

    Read more about Seattle Public Schools calendar dates.