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    Early Learning with 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 that all families and children have access to high-quality, culturally responsive, and inclusive learning experiences from preschool through fifth grade that meet the individual needs of children in order to promote a sense of belonging, positive social relationships, whole child development, and academic learning that will build a strong foundation in school and life to reach their full potential.

    Preschool

    Seattle Preschool Program Voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative in Fall 2014 to fund high-quality preschool throughout the city. Seattle Public Schools is collaborating with the City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning to manage multiple preschool classrooms.
    Visit the Preschool Webpage

    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.
    Visit the Head Start Webpage

    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. 
    Visit the Developmental Preschool Webpage

    Kindergarten

    Kindergarten registration continues throughout the summer (with a 3 week hiatus between July 15-August 2. Registration is offline during this period in order to update all student records to reflect their new grade level). 

    Welcome to Kindergarten packet - to come mid-May 2019

    If you have registered your child for kindergarten, you'll receive a Welcome to Kindergarten mailing from Seattle Public Schools. It includes a letter from our superintendent along with information about the different skills that most 5- and 6-year olds demonstrate when they are ready for school.

    Jump Start

    Get a Jump Start on kindergarten with our FREE transition program for new students. Typically held the third or fourth week of August, 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 the Jump Start Webpage

    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. State legislators began implementing WaKIDS in 2011, adding additional schools yearly. WaKIDS-funded schools must engage in each of these three elements:

    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 three days, to the Monday after Labor Day. Your school will contact you in late August to schedule a time to meet.

    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. Visit the Child Care Provider 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

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