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    Preschool and School-Age Providers 

    Ninety three percent of Seattle public elementary schools have on-site programs.

    Programs offer fee-based before and after school, school break, and (usually) summer care for elementary school-aged children. Many also offer preschool for 3-5 year olds (full day or part day). These school-based programs are operated by licensed community care providers or Seattle Parks and Recreation/ Associated Recreation Council.

    Some programs are nationally accredited for high quality by the National After School Association (NAA), National Council on Accreditation-After school (COA) or the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

    Why choose a school-based program?

    • Schools and programs work together to support children’s learning and development through their alignment partnerships.
    • All programs reinforce learning through play-based activities.
    • All programs offer reading and/or homework support.
    • Preschool programs help children get ready for school.

    Preschool, Before and After School Programs 

    Preschool and School-Age Providers

    For information on other programs call Child Care Aware at 206-329-5544 or visit their website at

    Need help paying for a program?

    • Talk to the program provider about scholarship possibilities.

    What’s program accreditation?

    Accreditation means a program has completed a rigorous self-study to ensure meeting high quality program standards, and an endorsement visit by a national accreditation organization.

    Accrediting organizations include:

    • National After School Association (programs serving school-age children)
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children

    Need transportation to a program near the school?

    Talk to the our transportation office at 252-0900 to explore options.

    Looking for middle school after school programs?

    • Talk to your school about after school programs and community learning centers
    • Contact teen services at Parks Community Centers, YMCA's, Boys and Girls Clubs, cultural organizations, etc.

    Looking to become an aligned community provider?