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    SPS Early Learning


    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 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.

    Preschool and Kindergarten Enrollment

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

    2021-22 Kindergarten Enrollment: 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:

    Helping Students Get Ready for Preschool and Kindergarten

    Jump Start: August 17-18 at participating schools. 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. Students must be assigned to a school offering Jump Start to attend. Read more about Jump Start

    Preschool and Kindergarten Family Connection  Conferences: September 1-3. These one-on-one meetings are intended to welcome families to school and provide a safe environment for families to speak freely with the teacher, share information about their child, and ask questions.

    Preschool and Kindergarten Connects: September 7-8 Additional time for teachers, families, and students to meet individually.

    You can request an appointment with your student's teacher, meet with the principal or specialist staff, get referrals for resources, or learn about family engagement opportunities. These meetings are optional. No instruction is offered during PreK-K Connects.

    Please note:  Based on guidance from state and local health departments, we anticipate that Jump Start, Family Connection and PreK-K Connects visits will occur in person at schools. If you prefer to meet remotely by telephone or video conference, please ask. 

    We will be happy to arrange interpretation for any school visits and activities.

    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.

    Early Learning Dates

    Jump Start for Incoming Kindergarten Students

    August 17-18 

    *Please note check with your student's school for confirmation of dates and times

    Learn more about Jump Start

    Family Connections 

    September 1-3 

    PreK-K Connects

    September 7-8

    First Day of School for Preschool and Kindergarten Students
    September 9 

    First Day of School for 1st-12th Grade Students

    September 1

    Read more about Seattle Public Schools calendar dates.

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    Office Hours
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Contact Us

    Phone: 206-252-0600


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