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Early Learning

The Early Learning Department

Important Dates

Jump Start for Kindergarten: August 15 – 19, 2022

Family Connections for Preschool & Kindergarten: September 7 – 9, 2022

First Day of School for Preschool & Kindergarten: Monday, September 12, 2022

Why is Early Learning Important?

kindergarten students and teacher

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 with life long benefits.

High-quality preschool programs have the potential to close opportunity gaps, provide substantial learning gains, and prepare children for success in the classroom and beyond.

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.

Every child deserves high-quality instruction that meets their individual needs. Early childhood education promotes the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing. 

Child Find: Special Education Referrals

Child Find is a district process to identify children birth-21 suspected of having a disability to evaluate and identify need for Special Education and Related Services. Learn more about Child Find.

Contact Seattle Public Schools Child Find:

Preschool Enrollment

2022-23 Preschool Enrollment

Seattle Public Schools offers three different preschool options for children ages 3 – 5 years old.

SPP Applications open for the 2022-23 school year March 15, 2022. To Enroll in Preschool, please click on the links above for more information or contact the phone numbers listed.

SPS Preschool Locations Map 2021-22

SPS Preschool Locations Map 2022-23

Kindergarten Enrollment

2022-23 Kindergarten Enrollment

Will your child be 5 years old by August 31, 2022? If YES, your child is eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Register today for the 2022-23 school year. 

Please note that no registrations can be submitted from July 8 – 31, during the SPS Admissions Office annual closure for maintenance. No in-person, telephone, and online enrollment services are available during this period. The office re-opens Monday, August 1, at 8:30 am. 

Learn more about Kindergarten:

Kindergarten Registration and Choice Info Session January 2022

Jump Start and Family Connections

Helping Young Students Smoothly Transition to School

Jump Start

Jump Start is a free kindergarten transition program to help children make a positive adjustment to school.

Like a short “day camp” to orient students to their new school, it gives students an unhurried low-key opportunity to meet staff and peers and practice kindergarten routines. Learn more about Jump Start.

View the list of schools offering Jump Start or check out which schools are offering alternative transition plans for this upcoming school year.

Students must be assigned to a school offering Jump Start to attend. Registration forms are linked below.

Family Connection Conferences

Preschool and Kindergarten Family Connection Conferences

These one-on-one meetings, held during the first short week of school, are intended to welcome Preschool and Kindergarten families to school and provide a safe environment for families to speak freely with the teacher, share information about their child, and ask questions.

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.