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    Before and After School, and Child Care Programs in Seattle Public Schools

    Ninety three percent of Seattle Public elementary schools have on-site care 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 child care 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 

    Child Care Providers in Seattle Public Schools

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

    Need help paying for child care?

    • 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 child care provider?